Gabourey Sidibe commenced her “Saturday Night Live” hosting job with a musical number about how she’s not the character she played in “Precious,” set to the tune of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss).” It was cute, if not particularly funny, but things improved from there.
An early amusement was Sidibe as Mrs. Johnson, a cranky elderly woman yelling out her apartment window at two guys (Kenan Thompson and Fred Armisen) sitting on her stoop. It gradually became clear that Mrs. Johnson wasn’t a crank, but more of a savant — a genius, perhaps. The premise was refreshingly free of the reflexive ridicule such a character would usually provoke.
Going for what must be a fraction of its viewership, “SNL” parodied Steve Harvey’s recent guest hosting of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” The one joke? Harvey (