Is superstar Lady Gaga a one-generation wonder?
Gaga asked that question herself in a particularly hilarious sketch during her Saturday Night Live hosting debut this past weekend. She played herself 50 years into the future, while Kenan Thompson played her apartment building’s apathetic supervisor. And the crotchety Gaga of the future could not believe that her once ubiquitous fame and instant name-recognition were things of the past.
“Aren’t you starstruck?” she asked Thompson. “Seeing as you’re in the company of the Lady Gaga?”
“Oh, that was your name?” replied Thompson. “Were you like royalty or something? Or is it that thing where people can’t tell if you’re a lady or a dude.”
The elderly Gaga desperately played cabaret versions of some of her biggest hits (“Poker Face” and “Bad Romance”) on the piano.
“Recognize that?” she asked hopefully.
“Funny, I would have called it bad English,” Thompson said.
Gaga also proved that she can be in the joke during her opening monologue.
“There are two kinds of applause, the kind you earn or cheap applause, which you get by pandering to the audience and saying things like, ‘Give it up for New York,’” she told the live audience. “I am a fan of both and you know what, I wrote a song about it.”
Gaga then performed a comical version of her single “Applause” off her new album, Artpop.
“I’ll take your cheap applause, applause, applause,” she sang while dancing.
The superstar also garnered applause for her performance of “Do What U Want” featuring R. Kelly.