Chris Hemsworth Hosts SNL: What Were the Best and Worst Sketches?

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Chris Hemsworth Hosts SNL: What Were the Best and Worst Sketches?.

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. Just 13 episodes have passed since the Artist Sometimes Known as Thor last stopped by on March 8, but he returned for the holiday season as game as ever for more Studio 8H tomfoolery. The could-be L’Oréal model did his best playing a bullish version of himself in the opening monologue, and a cop who refused to let an open wound get him down, but nothing could top Will Ferrell’s surprise return as our former Commander in Chief. 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’. Will Ferrell’s top-of-show cameo was an absolute delight, and a perfect way for the show to address the current GOP chaos without calling on Taran Killam to impersonate a “knuckle-headed” candidate whose comments can no longer be taken in jest.

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. Best of all was Bush’s assessment of brother Jeb: “It’s a pretty good plot twist that I turned out to be the smart one.” Though he’ll never get the third term he claims he’s running for, we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Ferrell back as the former POTUS before this election cycle is up. From his effort to finish paperwork as he bled out at his desk, to his attempt at hitting a punching bag as he suffered through led poisoning, we couldn’t help but laugh right up until Kalowski’s inevitable demise.

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. But even better was a classic Michael Che psych-out, as he doubled down on Hemsworth’s prank and knocked the script pages right back out of Colin Jost’s hands. “Oh God, Deborah: When are you going to stop this?” Our thoughts exactly. 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.

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