Girls creator and star Lena Dunham graced the Saturday Night Live stage last weekend, and of course, many of her segments focused on one of the controversial aspects of her hit HBO series: the graphic nudity and sex scenes.
During her opening monologue, Dunham joked about her onscreen nudity. “If you’re nervous about giving a speech just imagine the audience naked. Or at least imagine they haven’t seen you naked,” she said. “Now, complete strangers feel like they can walk up to me and just tell me details about their sex lives I never wanted to know.”
Later in the night, Dunham appeared in a segment where she actually was naked (blurred out, of course), portraying Eve (based on her Girls character Hannah) in a hilarious Adam and Eve segment, with Taran Killam portraying Hannah’s troubled boyfriend Adam. Just like her show, set in New York City, Eve was “a struggling 20-something in the Garden of Eden.” A.O. Scott of The New York Times said, “Even for Adam and Eve, there’s a lot of nudity.” But possibly the funniest part of the segment was SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer’s portrayal of Jewish character Shoshanna, who was portraying the snake giving Eve advice, and still donning her infamous “doughnut bun.”
Dunham also portrayed Liza Minelli, a middle-school student with braces and a Scandal character during the broadcast, which also had guest appearances from Liam Neeson and Jon Hamm.