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Steve Buscemi Hosts SNL To Skewer Miley Cyrus, Batman, Dateline, Christmas

12/04/2021 02:05 PM ET

Steve Buscemi - Actor Steve Buscemi took the stage of SNL for the second time on Dec. 3. Miley Cyrus, Batman, Dateline, and Christmas were among the topics skewered by the host and cast.


In his opening monologue, Busemi talked about his transition from character actor to the leading man of an HBO series. He took questions from “audience members” like the “magical black character,” a “sassy female judge,” Andy Samberg as the “Hey Bro” guy and Kristen Wiig as the “horror girl movie girl who can’t find her friends,” and advised them how to make the transition themselves.


Miley Cyrus’ pot-smoking reputation was tackled during a “Miley Cyrus Show” segment in which Cyrus was portrayed as, well, a stoner. She talks about her 19th birthday cake incident — in which she reportedly said, “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake” — during a skit called “The Miley Cyrus Show.”After denying that she smokes marijuana, she munches on a big bag of Doritios.

Her first guest on the show, played by Buscemi, was described as a guy she met at Burning Man. With a shaggy hair wig and sarape over Buscemi’s shoulders, the two unveil the video to their sitar-tinged song, “Dancin’ with Dogs.” Whitney Houston (played by Maya Rudolph) then appears on the show and implores. “Don’t do drugs.”


Buscemi takes over as Gary Oldman’s Dark Knight character Jim Gordon opposite Samberg’s throaty Batman. He works with Batman on dealing with crimes but tires of the Caped Crusader’s repeated intrusions on his life, including a visit in the shower and the doctor’s office when he’s receiving a prostrate exam.


In “The Mystery of the Chopped Up Guy,” Bill Hader portrays Dateline host Keith Morrison, who gets a kick out of an investigation into a brutal murder. Buscemi is the mullet-sporting prisoner who admits the killing “got him off” a little.


In a nod to the recent Penn St. and Syracuse University molestation scandals, Buscemi plays Coach Burt,  a college basketball coach being investigated as a sexual predator. During a press conference, it’s revealed that Burt is anti-social, lives with his mom. After a full investigation, it is determined that he’s not a pedophile, though everyone fully believes he is.


The Black Keys were the episode’s musical guests and played “Lonely Boy,” and later, “Gold on the Ceiling.”

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