Ryan Gosling Sings With Mike Myers on Saturday Night Live, Can Barely Contain …

6 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hey girl, it’s Ryan Gosling on ‘Saturday Night Live’.

December tends to bring out the best in Saturday Night Live: The cast has started to gel, the writers have a sense of what makes this iteration of the show work, and the show always mines good comedy from the holiday season.

His looks have inspired endless meme-making, aspirational Tumblr pages (Hello, Feminist Ryan Gosling) and one too many YouTube montages of his various roles as Heartthrob in Chief. In one that starred Aidy Bryant as an inappropriate 13-year-old and Gosling, 35, as her friend’s goofy dad, the Big Short actor tried but failed to stay stoic as Bryant’s character aggressively hit on him and then licked cake icing off his finger.

It didn’t help that the show largely avoided most topical elements outside of “Weekend Update,” which feels like another missed opportunity for the show to have something to say about the current cultural and political climate. In another sketch, about three alien abductees, Gosling cracked up as Kat McKinnon’s character described her experience peeing in front of the giant grey space creatures. In a brief, impeccably acted digital short, Gosling and Vanessa Bayer play the new couple in the neighborhood, whose jovial presence at a holiday party takes on a more threatening cast when it’s implied that none other than St. Then, of course, there was Gosling’s opening monologue, during which he adopted a fake Brooklyn accent, reminiscing about his favorite things to do in New York City during the holidays: visit Rockefeller Center, watch the Rockettes, and get a slice of ‘za.

Yes, we know it must be hard to keep it together when sharing the screen with some of the funniest people on TV, but was this just a stunt to make everyone love him more? Cue SNL alum Mike Myers, who joined Gosling onstage in a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey jersey to school the actor on why he shouldn’t be ashamed to be Canadian. In a sketch where Gosling, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong visit the Pentagon to talk about their alien abduction, nearly every character cracks an errant smile.

The pair burst into a Canadian Christmas carol, complete with a smirk or two from the “Hey Girl” meme muse himself — as well as plenty of “soh-rries” and “a-boots.” But it’s a fun sketch that builds off its own internal logic, going from an innocuous party to one in which one couple psychologically dominates everyone, ultimately retreating into a holiday-inspired dreamworld. As awkward as Gosling sometimes was this week in live sketches, he came alive here as a one-half of a couple who believed in Santa with an intensity mixed of one part violence and one part sexual fervor. On paper, this isn’t a particularly good idea: Three people get abducted by aliens, and one of them has a particularly bad experience compared to the other two. She has a knack for creating three-dimensional characters from the first moment they are onscreen, and the specificity of her character’s words and gestures are fantastic.

It helped that the sketch portrayed his confusion in a positive rather than negative light: Rather than look down at the world of “East Oz,” as this sketch called it, Gosling’s Scarecrow delighted in the differences. It’s a pretty harmless sketch, but one that allowed Gosling to really cut lose and demonstrated just how far SNL has come in a few short years in terms of diversifying its cast. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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