Watch: Sarah Silverman Plays Joan Rivers on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Watch: Sarah Silverman Plays Joan Rivers

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.

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  1. sue says:

    She completely sucked and she wasnt not funny at all and the sketch sucked and it to wasn’t funny i didn’t find the sketch and her amusing at all it was in bad taste

  2. Joan Rivers, like Sara Silverman relished defying the status quo, fearlessly critiquing our culture, thumbing her well turned nose at cultural expectations for women.I first fell in love with Rivers in the early 70s when she was a real cut up on vinyl.While other kids grooved to Grand Funk Railroad I cracked up listening to a Joan Rivers perform live from NY on a well worn comedy album.

  3. Donna Copman says:

    Sarah , Joan would’ve died laughing at you if she wasn’t already dead ! Great job and very funny. The Kardashian remark was hysterical !! You’re such a talent , Sarah. Rest in peace , Joan.

    Love , Donna L Copman

  4. PBRstreetgang says:

    Wow this was horribly unfunny . and not because she past away recently . the show needs to be put out of its misery you can tell the audience was just being kind

  5. Truth Detective says:

    It would have been funnier if Silverman hadn’t blown so many lines. Can’t the woman read a cue card? FAIL.

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