After a huge push by users on social networking sites like Facebook, Betty White Night is upon us. She will be hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. I noticed Jay-Z is the musical guest. Wouldn’t it be great if Beyonce made a surprise musical guest appearance and she and Betty did Single Ladies?
SFGate offers Verne Gay of Newsday’s Dos & Don’ts for Betty after the jump.
Do: Everything Lorne Michaels tells you to do. Trust in Lorne, and only Lorne. He is god and master here. He will take care of you.
Do not: Be afraid. Fear is natural, for as Tom Hanks recalled in “Live From New York,” Tom Shales’ history of “SNL,” “the first time … you’re that combination of absolutely terrified but also kind of dizzy.”
Do: Stretch. Get out of character. Be someone no one ever imagined you could be. Think (for example) Gwyneth Paltrow doing Sharon Stone back in 1999; people still remember that one, Stone included.
Do not: Do commercial parodies. The temptation will be there, particularly post-Super Bowl. But these are difficult to pull off. Unless Lorne tells you to.
Do: Attach yourself to classic “SNL” bits, which fans already know and love.
Do not: Always try to be funny. Let this excellent cast do the work for you. Play, for example, a straight woman to someone like Bill Hader’s Vinny Vedicci. All you have to do is mug for the camera.
Do: Something with musical guest [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm]. Jon Hamm did a skit with the musical guest. Fans are absolutely expecting this.
Do not: Do a lousy “Golden Girls” skit. Fans who loved that show expect this to be the highlight of the show.
Do: Be bawdy, but not crude. Remember, strrretch, but you are Betty; vulgarity is beneath you.