Chris Pine Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend brought Chris Pine to Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to host Saturday Night Live for the first time. Since Gal Gadot is currently pregnant with her second child, her Wonder Woman co-star got the honor of hosting the show as a way to help promote the comic book movie. Those hoping for a Wonder Woman sketch during SNL were disappointed, but for those who have always wanted to hear Chris Pine sing over and over again, the sketch show delivered plenty of that.

We run through the best and worst sketches of the Chris Pine hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump.

The Best

SWAT Recon – Holy cow, this sketch is silly. But as soon as I saw Chris Pine and Mikey Day dancing and eating cotton candy, I lost it. The sketch only gets more goofy from there, and the casual way with which Kenan Thompson and Beck Bennett are talking about what’s they’re seeing just makes it even funnier.

Star Trek Lost Episode – First, I love that Kenan Thompson has become the go-to host for sketches like this when an old movie or episode of television is set up. But I love even more the character of Spocko played by Bobby Moynihan. Though this sketch is hilarious, what’s even funnier is that this concept isn’t too far removed from how silly some of the really bad episodes of the classic Star Trek series were. Plus, how fun is it to see Chris Pine playing William Shatner playing Captain Kirk?

Fun Fact: The person playing Sulu is set designer Leo Yoshimura, who has been with SNL since the show started 42 years ago. He played Sulu during the days when John Belushi played Captain Kirk and even when William Shatner hosted and took part in a Star Trek sketch back in 1986. He’s only ever missed one episode of Saturday Night Live in his entire career.

The House – Chris Pine’s monologue on SNL featured him musically explaining that he’s not Chris Pratt, Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth. Therefore, it seems appropriate that Pine did this sketch with Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett after the faux reality show premise was used in a sketch when Chris Hemsworth hosted SNL back in March of 2015. Unfortunately, Pine isn’t playing the same character that Hemsworth did from that sketch, but it does add another layer of humor to a perfectly executed pre-recorded parody of The Real World, or pretty much any reality show out there.

Auto Shop – Despite the fact that Kenan Thompson does a terrible blue collar New York accent, the rest of this sketch is hilarious as these grease monkeys pretend that they don’t know anything about Ru Paul’s Drag Race, but really know everything there is to know about the drag queen reality competition show. The sketch takes a hilarious turn when they just lean into this premise by admitting they watch the show and then having their own round of the competition, complete with some stellar lip syncing.

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