Janet Jackson on SNL is the best 339 Seconds On TV
If music soothes the savage breast, it's no wonder Janet Jackson, coming off her two-week Mammary Contrition Tour, appeared relaxed -- even joyful -- on SNL. As host, the singer tweaked her nipple one last time and reminded us what a game comedienne she is. In the opening sketch, Jackson, clad in Condoleezza Rice drag, asks Dick Cheney (peerless impressionist Darrell Hammond) to help her prep for her 9/11 commission testimony. He coaches her to flash... a smile, and she obliges with a hilarious, crooked, bucktoothed, 1000-watter. Coach Cheney persists: ''If all else fails...I think you should flash a boob.'' Condi leaves in a huff, saying such lewdness is reserved for ''pay television or national sporting championships.'' But a few moments later at the hearing, flummoxed by a contorted (and real-life) question, Condi rends her blouse with Timberlakian zeal to reveal a pixelated ''fun bag'' (as Cheney dubbed it) -- and Jackson brings SNL its best overnight ratings in 16 months.