Miley Cyrus Hosts 'SNL' Season Premiere: Our 3 Favorite Sketches (VIDEOS)

miley cyrusMiley Cyrus is back, y'all! By which I mean back on SNL, not back in general, because it's not like she went anywhere. Oh, and Saturday Night Live is back, too! That's right, Miley Cyrus hosted the premiere of SNL's 41st season last night, and both Miley and the show itself were pretty well on point.

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Naturally, Miley has some expertise in this area -- this is her third time hosting, after all, and she's got the musical guest thing down, too.

As far as her songs last night, they were more emotional than shocking, and definitely showcased her impressive set of pipes -- but that's not what we're going to talk about here. Because ultimately, last night was all about the laughs, and also about some pretty stellar turns from the SNL cast members (and one very notable guest star).

Here are our three favorite skits from the premiere:

1. The Monologue

Not only does Miley sound amazing singing a version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" dedicated to calling out such recent controversial names from the headlines as "The Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion" and Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, but the concept is also hilarious.

2. The Squad

Not a Taylor Swift fan? Then you'll relate to the terror felt by the characters in this skit, which imagines the Earth as a post-apocalyptic wasteland in which everyone but a couple of holdouts have joined Swift's nefarious "squad." (Miley's not in this one, but we feel like she had something to do with it anyway.)

3. Hillary Clinton Bar Talk

We (and everybody else in the world) had a feeling that Hillary Clinton would make an appearance on the show last night, and indeed she did -- as a bartender named "Val." Points to the brilliant Kate McKinnon for (mostly) holding it together.

 

A solid debut for the season, to be sure! Here's hoping the coming episodes are at least this good. And hey, if things start to go downhill, they can always bring Miley back!

 

Image via Saturday Night Live/YouTube

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