She came, she joked, she conquered. Lena Dunham hosted the hit American comedy show Saturday Night Live this weekend and it was rather brilliant. From a parody of Scandal to a Girls twist on the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, here is the best of her SNL debut.
1. Lena Dunham poked fun at her nudity in Girls
In her opening monologue Dunham expressed that she was honoured and intimidated to host the show. "But there's an old saying," she said. "If you're nervous about giving a speech just imagine the audience naked, or at least imagine they haven't seen you naked."
She continued, "Some people complain about the nudity on Girls but every show has its thing. Seinfeld had the puffy shirt, Home Improvement had the neighbour talking over the fence, and we have very graphic sex scenes."
The downside: "Now, complete strangers feel like they can walk up to me and just tell me details about their sex lives that I never wanted to know."
2. A Girls mash-up of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve
With Dunham playing Hannah Horvath as Eve and Taran Killam playing Adam Driver as Girls' Adam as the biblical Adam (yes, that's right), a Girls take on the story sounds extremely confusing, but it was brilliant.
"Before there was Girls, there was the first girl," jokes the narrator as he introduces what is meant to be a trailer for a fictional new film about "a struggling 20-something in the Garden of Eden".
Our favourite Eve/Hannah/Dunham line was: "Can you please not apple shame me now? I know I committed original sin, but at least it's original. I think I need some credit for that - at least a publishing deal?"
3. A parody of Scandal
In a spoof of Kerry Washington's political thriller Scandal, Dunham plays a new gladiator named Kelsey who can't keep up with Olivia Pope’s rapid-fire demands (which, if you watch the show you'll know is quite terrifying).
After a long list of orders the character of Olivia says, "And I need someone to fly to Mexico and place a bug on the ambassador’s wife. Kelsey, why don’t you do that?" Dunham's character Kelsey is stunned and replies: "Ummm…okay. I mean I’ll totally go, but you just talk so fast and I have literally a thousand follow-up questions."
The 27-year-old is also a self-professed Scandal fan. "Basically, my life's great passion is the idea of being a guest star on Scandal," Dunham said. "I want to be like, a senator who did something wrong," she said in an interview with Grantland.
Dunham also did an impersonation of Liza Minnelli - addressing the fact that she was left out of Ellen DeGeneres’ giant selfie at the Oscars - and in another sketch Dunham and Nasim Pedrad played tween girls hosting a talk show in their basement featured Jon Hamm as a surprise guest.
In case you missed it, the promo for the show which was released last week, was equally hilarious. The trailer showed the Girls star filming multiple takes to introduce her skit alongside co-star, actress and comedian Kate McKinnon. Two of the takes include the pair celebrating their feminism with a rather groovy dance and Dunham poking fun at her own reputation for being controlling behind the camera.
As well as her SNL stint, it was recently announced that Dunham is to work on her very own comic book series.
The 27-year-old will pen a four-part series for Archie comics, after she expressed her enthusiasm for the books in a panel debate with American film and television producer JJ Abrams and novelist Doug Dorst in November last year.
Meanwhile, her upcoming advice book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" - which reportedly sold for £2.2 million ($3.7 million) to Random House - is out on 7 October 2014. Here are 6 things you need to know about the highly anticipated release.