Posted on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Kicking off the final three episodes of Saturday Night Live that we’ll get in 2015, The Notebook and Drive star Ryan Gosling took the stage at Studio 8H for his hosting debut. You never know what you’re going to get with a first-time host from an actor with a career like Gosling’s, but this episode was an absolute delight, helped occasionally by the fact that sometimes he had a hard time keeping a straight face on live television. Plus, one favorite SNL veteran stopped by for the monologue.
So let’s break down all the Ryan Gosling Saturday Night Live sketches below!
Santa Baby – The Quentin Tarantino font for this short’s title isn’t a coincidence, because this is like a holiday movie by way of the beloved filmmaker. Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Bayer are perfect turning on a dime whenever they get deadly serious about Santa Claus. I had to pause this sketch after Gosling smashed the candy cane and delivers his line because I was laughing so hard. This is a hilarious, twisted sketch and I loved everything about it, including the fact that Santa Claus really does exist in this world.
Nespresso – First, just be aware that if you haven’t seen this commercial with the real George Clooney and Danny DeVito then this might not be as funny. Two episodes in a row with Bobby Moynihan playing Danny DeVito? Yes, please! I love how this pokes fun at the fact that the Nespresso commercial doesn’t really make any sense. Why Clooney and DeVito?! It’s like a sequel to Twins where all movies are just advertisements. Major points for faux DeVito asking Clooney if they were in Batman together.
Close Encounter – Every episode there’s a reason to be thankful for Kate McKinnon, and this one was no exception. It should be noted that I had a hard time choosing between these three sketches for which was the best of the night, and on any given day it could be this one. It’s been awhile since almost everyone in the sketch couldn’t keep a straight face, and it’s clearly because McKinnon is amazing as this small town woman who had a terrible alien abduction experience. She’s even smoking a real cigarette!