Miley Cyrus rips Miley Cyrus, twerking, Republicans on 'SNL'
Oct. 6, 2013, 12:16 PM EST
By Tony Maglio
Miley Cyrus can command a stage with nary a twerk.
The pop star made herself the prime butt of jokes as she hosted and served as musical guest on this week's "Saturday Night Live," where Cyrus immediately began poking fun at her MTV Video Music Awards performance.
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The cold open attributed the apparently pending American downfall to the VMA performance. In the sketch, a "Hannah Montana" era Cyrus, played by Vanessa Bayer, warned the real singer of the pending Armageddon backstage at the MTV award show.
The skit also included "SNL" vets Taran Killam as Robin Thicke and Bobby Moynihan as a depressed performing teddy bear. Jay Pharoah did his Will Smith impression in the opening scene as well, who just stopped by to make sure what his kids were about to see would be G-rated.
When asked by her old self why she keeps doing the tongue-sticking-out thing, the real Cyrus quipped, "I'm having tiny strokes, Yo."
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The self-deprecating humor continued into Cyrus' monologue.
"I used to think twerking was cool, but now that white people are doing it I think it's kinda lame,"
Cyrus said after a warm welcome in NBC's Studio 8H.
The monologue also included a fully-nude Moynihan riding a wrecking ball in a cut parody of the music video for Cyrus' newest hit.
A few sketches into the actual show, Cyrus portrayed an overly sexual Michele Bachman in a government shutdown music video set to her hit song, "We Can't Stop