Jane Lynch's stint on Saturday Night Live was as unfunny as most other installments even if she can elevate almost any material she's given (not quite "any," considering that painfully unfunny Glee skit). The show started with a skewering of Gloria Allred that made it seem as if Meg Whitman's housekeeper was complaining about being asked to do work rather than pointing out Whitman's outrageous hypocrisy on immigration so that got it off to a lame and annoying start for me.
But what really caught my attention was an initially pretty cute skit called "The New Boyfriend Talk Show," in which Andy Samberg plays a kid who interviews all the men who come out of his skanky mom's (Lynch) bedroom every morning after. It caught my attention because I thought it ended on a surprisingly offensive note.
I at first thought the sketch was a highlight but was pretty shocked—you can tell me if it's justified—when the climax of the sketch was some celebrity shout-outs including one from Magic Johnson (Kenan Thompson) and the huge joke was that he was "a real friend of the show" leading to the latest hook-up to moan, "Oh, no...oh, no...oh, no...oh, boy!"
The audience did not react much to this 'haha, Magic Johnson's got the AIDS' joke—I almost wonder if it's been so long that younger people don't even associate him with his HIV status anymore. But the writers sure do. It's not that I think AIDS is a sacrosanct topic that must never be made light of—there are plenty of jokes about cancer, plane crashes and worse. But it's just like how there are plenty of ways to make fun of gay people and gay issues without being homophobic (see the following Suze Orman sketch)—there are ways to make light of AIDS issues without making 'haha, he's got the AIDS' the gist of the joke, no?
On another note: I swear people used to memorize at least SOME of their lines on SNL in the past, no? It's so distracting when performers are openly staring at cue cards throughout whole sketches.