Sarah Silverman was one of the many comedians to mourn the loss of Joan Rivers early last month, so it’s only fitting that she would play the pioneering personality during her first hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” this week.
In the skit, Silverman donned a blond wig and attire that would make the “Fashion Police” host proud as Rivers joined heaven.
“Heaven, are you serious? Me in heaven? I guess I should be here, I’m practically a virgin. The last time I had someone inside me, it was Melissa!” Silverman joked, referencing Rivers’ 46-year-old daughter in her best raspy voice.
Rivers was joined on the “Celestial Stage” by Ben Franklin (Bobby Moynihan), Lucille Ball (Kate McKinnon), Eartha Kitt (Sasheer Zamata), Freddie Mercury (musical guest Adam Levine), Richard Pryor (Jay Pharoah), Steve Jobs (Kyle Mooney) and Ava Gardner (Cecily Strong). In true Rivers fashion, she roasted all of them.
Rivers died Sept. 4 following complications during a routine throat surgery. Silverman, tweeted about her grief and said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “I am broken inside. She was a hero to me.”
Watch the full sketch below.