Chance the Rapper and Chris Hemsworth Make a ‘Hot Guy Sandwich’ in Saturday …

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Chris Hemsworth Calls Himself Hot On ‘SNL,’ So He Knows What We All Think Of Him.

Chris Hemsworth made his Saturday Night Live debut all the way back in March, and only a few months later, he’s returning to Studio 8H to host once again. Chris Hemsworth returned to “Saturday Night Live” for his second turn as host in one calendar year, something that feels like an anomaly in the modern era of the show. I mean, the first few seasons were pretty much exclusively hosted by Steve Martin, Buck Henry, Candice Bergen, or Paul Simon, but that kind of stopped by the ’80s.

He also starred in three other movies this year in which he didn’t play a Norse god: the hacking thriller Blackhat, the comedy remake Vacation, and the epic drama In The Heart Of The Sea, which opened this weekend. Then The Hulk, then the red-haired girl, the Falcon, the new dud Vision with the purple face, the witch girl, Ant-Man, bow and arrow guy, and then you.’ ‘Well Chris, some people don’t know this about me but I’m actually Australian… G’day Chris, G’day,’ she warbles, but he doesn’t look convinced. ‘Look I’m always playing the same type of roles so I’m trying to do something different, just go with it, okay man?’ she admonishes him, before he agrees to play along, asking her which part she’s from. ‘Well Im actually from the original part of Australia: Australia City,’ she declares, slipping back into the awful accent. While Hemsworth’s debut didn’t make for a particularly memorable episode, there were a few standout sketches, and he proved himself as a more-than-capable host — and one who was totally willing to let himself be the butt of several jokes. We should go surfing for some shrimp on the barbie…’ In a third mini skit, Chris tries to convince his compatriot that Christmas in Australia is very similar to Christmas in New York, with the exception of Santa Claus being ‘a crocodile that eats presents and he hates kids’.

Last time he was on the show, the cast took every opportunity to lampoon his good looks, and the man once crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive starred in a parody American Express ad about how difficult it was for him to first break into Hollywood, seeing as he was too tall, too blond, and too muscular. When the other women suggest Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Bradley Cooper, and Paul Rudd as their picks for the hottest actors, Hemwsorth chimes in, and suggests himself. (When someone intimates that Liam is the hotter Hemsworth, his character takes extra umbrage. “Liam is gross,” he responds. “I heard he breastfed until he was 4.”) In other circumstances, that would be the joke right there: Hemsworth-as-Claire egging women to talk about how hot the actor is. Bush and announcing that he was running for President again. “The field of Republicans out there is so messed up, it makes you miss me, doesn’t it?” he said. Another assures that they know Claire “from college, or growing up or something.” Little by little, they determine that it is, in fact, Chris Hemsworth trying to boost his own self esteem in a world where everyone seems to have moved on to actors like Chris Pratt. “I just needed to know — does anyone still find C-Hemmy attractive?” To me, the conceit of the sketch — that Hemsworth dressed like a woman to fish for compliments — is amusing at best.

But the standout sketch from Hemsworth’s last hosting stint — and the one that I hope makes a return appearance — allowed him to show off his dramatic acting skills opposite an unconventional costar: a chicken. The laughs were light, but once again “SNL” shined the cameo light so brightly in our faces that it felt funnier than it was when he laughed at Trump and called him a knucklehead and an Oompa Loompa. But the meta-ness they layered on top of those jokes, like the way they acknowledged that there’s no backstory for the characters and the don’t know how they know each other, is pleasantly weird, and it makes the sketch. (“Is Claire real?” one of them asks at one point.) The last sketch of the evening also subverts expectations of Hemsworth’s hotness.

Instead, it comes out that the dancers are really bad at stripping, and instead NYU performing arts students intent on putting on a Broadway-style routine with no nudity. Next up was a commercial parody for “Star Wars” toys. “Ages six and up,” exclaimed the advertising voiceover actor, as Moynihan and Taran Killam, chimed in, “way up!” The spot aptly mocked the 30- to 40-somethings who will inevitably buy out the toys from the movie franchise before any kids who care about the reawakened force get a chance to take the toys out of the box. In October, the Chicago-based rapper premiered his new song “Angels” on The Late Show (with a bonus appearance by Stephen Colbert wearing a halo), and all week he’s been dropping hints about his third mixtape. Hemsworth played a stubborn cop who wouldn’t seek medical attention despite insistence from his partner, played hilariously flirty by Sasheer Zamata.

As Zamata points out to him that he’s bleeding all over the place, he comes back with, “I know another place where we can get blood from, is my penis.” Hemsworth and Killam brought back their Disney Channel parody of a fake show called “Brother 2 Brother,” where they played twins in high school who switch places and realize they’re not as identical as they think they are. Bennett was good in this sketch as the wrestling coach who can’t stop pointing out how much more attractive Hemsworth’s character is than Killam’s. Cecily Strong‘s character wouldn’t let her friends sing the regular holiday fare, and insisted on singing a song called “Deborah’s Time,” that hilariously comes across as agro musical theater.

It also would have been better if it didn’t look like Chance was wearing Bugle Boy jeans. “Weekend Update” featured the strongest writing of the season so far. The best moment of this segment was a quick bit about Jeb Bush’s sagging campaign, highlighted by a Sarah McLachlan song, in the tradition of her SPCA commercials. Her performances usually feel too much like she’s just trying to cram her standup routine into a conversation with one of the anchors, but her editorial on being pissed that “Breaking Bad” was not nominated for the Golden Globes was fun and it worked.

The sketch was light and super silly and fit perfectly into the “after 12:30 anything goes” ethic that has been a hallmark of “SNL” since the beginning. In the penultimate sketch, a group of male college students performed at a strip club and disappointed all of the ladies in attendance … except Jones! The students gave a theatrical performance that did not deliver on Kenan Thompson‘s promise of “you wanna see some peen?” but did include the gents wearing Asian conical hats and ripping off their breakaway pants to reveal long pants underneath that.

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