Updated 02/29/2012 to include SNL's Linsanity promo on slide #2.
Media coverage of New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin may have introduced the word Linsanity to a worldwide audience, but Linsanity has been around for years. Over three years ago, gossip blogger Perez Hilton used the phrase in reference to Mean Girls actress and Knicks fan Lindsay Lohan.
Lindsay Lohan, who's had puns made with her name for years, will be hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live for her fourth time on March 3rd, with musical guest Jack White. You can bet the show will have a skit or two in regard to Jeremy Lin and the whole Linsanity business.
What, you say you’re not interested in watching Lindsay Lohan on SNL? For the 21-and-older crowd, turn the evening into a fun drinking game. Every time Lindsay says the word Linsanity or mentions Jeremy Lin, take a shot. My guess is starting with Lohan's opening monologue, it will feel more like a power hour.
It might just make the whole thing less painful to watch. Sort of like watching the Knicks now with Jeremy Lin in the game.
I kid; Lindsay Lohan is one of the greatest thespians of all time. And the Knicks are great too, just not to a semi-Celtics fan (I became a fan without a team when the Sonics left Seattle, so living in the greater Boston area I temporarily replaced them with the Celtics).
On second thought, given Lohan's recent attempt to clean up her hard-partying past, maybe it would be insensitive to turn her SNL hosting gig into a drinking game. Plus St. Patrick's Day is coming up, so you'll have other opportunities to get your own ankle monitor.
This past Saturday night, SNL aptly mocked the double standard between anti-Asian-American and anti-African-American comments in the media. The opening SNL skit started with the use of every Lin pun in the book, and then moved onto to some racist tweets and news coverage surrounding Linsanity.
“…Some of the discussion has gotten racially charged, we've seen derogatory comments from Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock and ESPN.com. The bottom line is the kid’s a great basketball player, and race has nothing to do with it. The New York Post says he’s Amasian!”
What kind of Linsanity can we expect from Lindsay Lohan’s hosting duties on SNL? Let’s take a look.
Linsanity has officially taken over SNL. Lindsay Lohan is currently going through rehearsals for her upcoming hosting gig on this week's show (March 3, 2012). Seen here is Lindsay Lohan's SNL promo. The Linsanity happens around the 01:10 mark.
With her pictorial in the December issue of Playboy already out and no upcoming film projects, Lindsay Lohan does not have any current projects to promote. However, the actress is a notoriously big New York Knicks fan. So if nothing else, LaLohan can help promote her favorite NBA team, and Jeremy Lin, during her hosting duties.
LiLo is no bandwagon fan, jumping on the Knicks fanbase after Jeremy Lin’s recent breakout stardom either. She’s been following the New York Knicks for years. Here is a TMZ video of Lindsay Lohan leaving a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in March of last year.
After the game, which the Knicks won, Lindsay tweeted, "With my brothers and my sister at the Knicks game!!! go knicks!! love their green uniforms for st patricks day!"
Here is a photo of Lindsay Lohan sitting courtside watching her favorite NBA team, the New York Knicks, play in Los Angeles back in January of 2011.
Even at Staples Center La Loca Lohan is not afraid to show the world her love of the Knicks, as she can be seen here sporting some Knicks gear.
This past weekend, singer Justin Timberlake made an SNL appearance in a hilarious sketch involving Beyoncé and Jay-Z entertaining celebrity guests who stopped by to meet their baby girl, Blue Ivy. It involved probably one of the best Jay-Z impersonations ever.
Lindsay Lohan has lots of celebrity friends, so it is very likely a celeb or two will be making a cameo appearance alongside her.
Here is a photo of Lindsay introducing fellow Knicks fan and director Spike Lee to the man who brought her to the January 2011 Knicks game at Staples, jewelry designer Pascal Mouawad.
Lindsay Lohan is not one to shy away from controversy. Most notably she made a hilarious spoof of herself on the website FunnyorDie. In all seriousness, she’s actually really good in this spoof eHarmony video.
“So if you think you can handle a redhead with a little bit of sass. And by that I mean a redhead that’s crazy. I mean, don’t pretend like you don't know me, we’ve all read about it… you can find me on the cover of US Weekly, because I’m ‘So Alone.’ ”
So whether it’s a spoof on herself, and more likely than not, one involving the term Linsanity, or Jeremy Lin, you can bet this redhead will not hold back on SNL.
Lindsay Lohan knows the camera is her best friend. And she’s never been shy around one.
Here’s one of her best SNL skits, in which she plays Hermione from the Harry Potter franchise.
I’m not sure how, or if the writers at SNL will try and tie her um…assets into the Knicks’ Linsanity, but maybe she could play a new Knicks girl?
Speaking of which, Jeremy Lin apparently now has his own "Hey Girl" Tumblr.
NBC’s SNL had a great spin on the media’s coverage of Jeremy Lin and Linsanity this week. It will be interesting to see what the sketch comedy show has in store for when the original Linsanity, Lindsay Lohan, takes on the hosting duties on March 3rd.
I thought the actress was actually really good in Mean Girls, and with the great job SNL did this week on spoofing the media and Linsanity, I’m looking forward to watching Lindsay Lohan host SNL.
How about you? Do you plan on watching Lindsay Lohan host? If you were to write an SNL Linsanity skit what would you include?