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Saturday Night Live Analysis: What Does Jennifer Lawrence Find Funny?

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Our reigning Celebrity BFF, Jennifer Lawrence, hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Regardless of the episode’s quality, it was definitely fun to see our girl act all goofy-like. In terms of our friendship, however, maybe more important than how she did is what the show revealed about her sense of humor. With every SNL episode, the host has a significant say in what sketches are written — at the beginning of each week, all the writers and cast gather to pitch the host a variety of sketch ideas. Though Lorne Michaels and the head writers have an influence, the host has the most say in terms of what makes it through. Of the 50 or so sketch ideas they like, only eight or so will eventually get on the air. Each episode is a reflection of what the host thinks is funny and thinks she or he is capable of doing. So what did Saturday’s episode say about J-Law?

If you remove the cold open (which she didn’t appear in), recurring sketches, and the unavoidable Hunger Games moment, we can clearly get a sense of what she thought would land, humor-wise. (We’ll also ignore the “Starbuck Verismo,” because she didn’t appear in it, and The Hobbit sketch, because it was just a simple pretaped segment that bought them time between costume changes.) Leaving us with “50s Diner,” “Top Dog Chef,” Danielle,” and “Love Letter.” So, it appears that …

Jennifer Lawrence likes insult comedy.

After spending her monologue hurling incredibly mild faux insults at her Best Actress competition and spending the “Girlfriend Talk Show” playing a darkish sourpuss, Lawrence kind of combined these two traits. It’s probably something to remember: If we’re going to be best friends with J-Law, we’d better be prepared for her to call it like she sees it — even if “it” is us dying in our bathroom.

Jennifer Lawrence loves dogs and/or is a real silly-head. 

This was easily one of the goofiest sketches to air on SNL in a long time. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea (especially if they’re the type who drinks cups of tea), but isn’t it kind of endearing to think that Lawrence heard this pitch and was like, “Dress up like a dog? Hell f’n yes!”?

Jennifer Lawrence is pro-porn and anti-“tit pics.”

Some might call the last two sketches of the night immature or lowbrow, but remember: Lawrence is only 22, and girl is freshly single. And we can’t forget how disappointed she was when she didn’t see an orgy at Sleep No More. It might be unfair to read too much into it, but if/when she invites us over for a slumber party, we expect to watch some vintage European Skinemax.

SNL Analysis: What Jennifer Lawrence Finds Funny