‘Russian Doll’s Natasha Lyonne Takes On Netflix, Is Impersonated By Maya Rudolph And Fred Armisen In ‘SNL’ Monologue

Russian dollThe co-creator and star of Natasha Lyonne hosted her first episode of SNLspeaking in his opening monologue from his Netflix series – which is back now for its second season after Covid delays – and more.

“God, are you going to watch this? I host the season finale of Saturday Night Live. For a real New Yorker like me, that’s huge,” Lyonne said on top. “I have a show called Russian doll. The second season… just aired on Netflix, and two things you really want to be associated with right now are Russia and Netflix.

Lyonne went on to say that she was “truly honored” to host the NBC sketch series and the truth is that she feels “a cosmic connection” with it. “The people here are my true chosen family. I’ve been coming here since I was a teenager,” Lyonne said. “I co-created Russian doll with Amy Poehler, and I have great friends on the show…”

Arriving on stage at that time were SNL formers Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, who asked Lyonne if she was busy, then gave their impressions of the host. (This consisted of the pair saying phrases like “Ipso facto” and “Cock-a-roach” with a hoarse voice and squinted eyes.)

After Armisen and Rudolph exited the scene, Lyonne shared that she dated the former for a span of seven years. “We’re the only couple with a sex tape no one wanted to buy,” she joked, then returning to discuss her love for SNL.

SNL combines everything I love: New York, show business, people doing the same thing since the 70s, and different unions fighting. I love it,” she said. “I mean, I’m a New York kid and a show biz baby. Weird story, but while I have you, listen to this.

Lyonne went on to share that she was born in New York – “any year, probably in the early 80s.” When she was quite young, her parents had the idea that she might have a future in show business, so she started auditioning. “Turns out a lot of casting directors are looking for a Little Orphan Annie guy who talks like Dee Dee Ramone,” she deadpanned. “Here’s a clip of me from one of my early roles.”

We then cut a clip of Lyonne as Opale during a 1986 appearance on Peewee Playhouse, which she joked is her “best work” to date. “Anyway, I’m doing TV, my mom and I are moving to the Upper East Side. All of a sudden, I’m in the movies,” Lyonne said. “Oh, I was in all those 90s movies: American pie, american pie 2, American Pie in the Multiverse of Madness, etc. Oh, and a cult favorite called But I’m a cheerleader.

Things were going great, Lyonne said, “and then knock, knock. Who is here? Multiple arrests and drug addiction.

Lyonne admitted that she had been “to hell and back” during this time, and that life was once difficult. “But just like when Fabio was on that roller coaster and the bird flew in his face… Hey, do we have a picture of that?” she asked as an image of a bloody-nosed Fabio flashed on the screen.

“Yeah Yeah. Yeah. Just like when it happened, I brushed off and got back on the road. And now here I am,” Lyonne continued. “Okay, so I’m confusing events, going under silence for decades. But here I am, and I’ll tell you what I found. There’s always hope in despair, and there’s always a reason to get back in the ring and fight. another day.

Lyonne is joined for tonight’s show, scoring SNL‘s season finale, by musical guest Japanese Breakfast. Watch his opening monologue above.


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