Emma Stone – Actress Emma Stone was back on the Saturday Night Live stage this weekend, serving her second stint as host of NBC’s late-night variety show. She performed a monologue with Andy Samberg that poked fun the last name of at her Spider-Man co-star — and reported boyfriend — Andrew Garfield, who made an appearance onstage.
Meanwhile, skits included one titled “Bridal Shower Gifts,” in which Stone played the co-worker of a bride-to-be (Kristen Wiig) who inappropriately at a bridal shower, giving the guest of honor anal lubricant as a present and springing for a “human toilet” as live entertainment. [Watch the video below.]
So what did the critics think of her return engagement on the show?
The Houston Chronicle’s Therese Odell was mixed in her assessment.
“Last night’s Saturday Night Live was neither a wild success nor an abject failure, but instead a weird mix of reheated sketches and dirty jokes,” she wrote. “It was as if the writers didn’t quite trust Emma Stone with new material, and so they surrounded her with safe bits that they knew would work, and a couple of very raunchy ones that they knew would at least shock, if not amuse.”
The Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker was a fan of the host’s performance, if not as enthusiastic about the episode.
“Host Emma Stone was lovely and game in an average episode of the NBC show,” he wrote. “SheÂ was funniest as a dense guest who presented inappropriate gifts at a bridal shower. Stone was a cheerful host in the racy final sketch, ‘We’re Going to Make Technology Hump,’ which featured devices (such as a video game controller and an iPad) getting it on.”
Stone appears in “The Amazing Spider-Man” July 2012.