Her Girl on the Train character Rachel doesn’t have much opportunity to smile, but actress Emily Blunt showed her comedic skills on Saturday Night Live last weekend with a hilarious parody of everyone’s favourite cooking show — The Great British Bake Off.
In a one-off sketch for SNL, Blunt appeared with Cecily Strong as two best friends (who met when they were both in hospital getting their stomachs pumped) competing on the show. They revealed that they were on the show not because of their baking skills, but because they hadn’t been able to get on Big Brother.
Kate McKinnon, who also stars in the new Ghostbusters movie, played a very convincing Mary Berry (the less said about Paul Hollywood the better). And of course, it wouldn’t be GBBO without its fabulous hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
Blunt’s and Strong’s wayward, gobby characters resort to cheating to try to win the show, punching one of their opponent’s cakes to try to get the upper hand. But when they found out there was no prize money to be won for “the worst cake to ever appear on GBBO, they ditched the show for a night out — with Mary Berry in tow, naturally.
The BAFTA award-winning TV show, which airs under the name The Great British Baking Show in the U.S., drew a record audience for the launch episode of the current series — more than 10 million Brits tuned in to watch the new contestants show off their baking skills (which included producing jaffa cakes).
The real Great British Bake Off continues on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on BBC1.