Miley Cyrus 'SNL' Job Proves She's The Next Jen Aniston

Maressa Brown

Miley CyrusHey, y'all! Did you know Miley Cyrus made her debut as host on Saturday Night Live last night? The former Hannah Montana is supposed to be a comedian, so you'd think, "Hey, we shouldn't be all that taken aback if it turns out she's actually funny," right? But it seems like a lot of us were really surprised that her performance turned out to be "pretty cool."

I definitely give Miley credit for holding her own with the other cast members. For instance, versus Kenan Thompson (who does a mean Raven Symone impression) or Andy Samberg (who she played opposite in a sketch mocking the upcoming flick, Beastly), she could have been a regular, and you would have never known. That said, saying she's just as good as the cast and could dish out what the writers gave her isn't saying much ... 

The whole show has seriously gone down the toilet in the last few years. What we're thinking is great now isn't great. It's just not as awful as everything else they've done since.

But assuming "great" is relative, there were some shining moments last night. And given the onslaught of ridiculousness in the news this past week (Charlie Sheen's tiger blood Adonis DNA goddess-loving downward spiral, Muammar Gaddafi, John Galliano, Christina Aguilera, etc.), it would have been really just shameful if they couldn't have gotten at least a little decent material out of it. These headlines just LEND themselves to SNL parodies!

All of this week's screw-ups actually came together in the opening sketch, "Duh! Winning! With Charlie Sheen." Miley Cyrus channeled Lindsay Lohan as one of the "winners," and I gotta say, it was a little creepy how well she can imitate her fellow ex-Disney star's voice and mannerisms. She kinda nailed it!

I also got a kick out of Miley and Kenan roasting the Disney Channel, because you just know how she really feels about having been confined to that neat and tidy little world of UBER-colorful, squeaky clean entertainment.

All in all, I do like Miley, but more so, I feel for her. As one of the latest young women to try to break out of the Disney child star mold, I'd say she's faring pretty well. Granted, she's never going to be the next Natalie Portman or a pop princess. But I could see her career as a funny lady evolving ...

She'd do well in the occasional comedy/rom-com flick for a younger audience. She could be like Jennifer Aniston. (You know, someone who plays mostly likable, humorous characters that aren't too far off from who she actually is.) Hey, maybe she'll even end up on Glee! For now, though, we'll just have to wait and see.

What did you think about Miley Cyrus's first time hosting SNL?

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