Love Letter: Delicious Dish [Saturday Night Live]
As anyone who uses the internet probably knows by now, Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend. It was an awesome show, not only because of White and her still-impeccable comedic timing (the woman, as we were reminded about 17 times throughout the show, is 88 1/2 years old), but also because of the barrage of former female cast members who were brought back for the Mother's Day special.
My favorite portions of the show were the sketches where old characters were brought back for another go-round, and I literally squealed when I heard the dulcet tones of public radio flute music that heralded the return of one of my favorite SNL sketches of all time: Delicious Dish.
No one can resist my Schweddy Balls
When I was a kid, I used to watch SNL on Saturday nights like it was my job. I would labor to stay up until 11:30, and curse the local evening news if it ran a few minutes late. The cast of the late 90s, including Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Chris Kattan and Cheri Oteri seemed, at the time, the most famous people in existence, and I longed for the days when I would be old enough to try out for the show and one day become head writer just like Tina Fey.
Though the double entendre conceit of Delicious Dish was way over my head at the time, I loved the sketch because of Gasteyer and Shannon's awesome comedic timing and that catchphrase: good times. It wasn't until Alec Baldwin's "Schweddy Balls" sketch that I really understood the joke and was able to enjoy it. Delicious Dish is so ingrained in my psyche, that, to this day, whenever I try to talk about The Splendid Table, I always call it Delicious Dish until someone reminds me that that's the name of the SNL sketch. Whoops.
It's really funny to watch this sketch in 2010, now that food nerdism is no longer relegated to public access, and talking about muffins for an hour isn't as esoteric as it might once have been. When I was 10, I never thought I'd grow up to be one of the people being skewered by this sketch, but instead more like Gasteyer and Shannon — the one doing the skewering. Maybe one day, I'll make it there; I guess I should start a Facebook campaign now.
Delicious Dish with Betty White