One rather obvious and tiresome joke after Lana Del Rey’s Saturday Night Live performance, at least among her critics, was that it resembled a Kristen Wiig skit. (Indeed, Newsday said Del Rey’s rendition of “Video Games” was “so awful it could easily have been a Kristen Wiig skit, maybe one where she impersonates a Fiona Apple wannabe.”) Never one to let a meta-joke slip idly by, SNL‘s Weekend Update segment last night featured — what else — Kristen Wiig channeling Del Rey in a methodical defense of her appearance as the show’s musical guest. Watch below.
SNL’s Seth Meyers and Wiig managed to actually poke fun at Del Rey (parodying her awkward and seemingly remote style), while trying to restore some perspective in the wake of a performance that provoked reactions from NBC’s own chief news anchor Brian Williams. To the criticism her was one of the worst performances in show history, Wiig/Del Rey offered a winking admission that she hadn’t measured up. “The music stage on Saturday Night Live is hallowed ground and I failed to reach the high bar set by past guests like Bubba Sparxx, the Baja Men and Shaggy.”
The SNL skit was at least as entertaining as Del Rey’s own commentary on the performance, in which she said “I’m not a natural performer or exhibitionist.” (Hey, she put in a much better showing on Letterman, right?