‘SNL’ Recap: Ryan Gosling Laughs During Sketches, Sings With Mike Myers

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‘SNL’ Recap: Ryan Gosling Laughs During Sketches, Sings With Mike Myers.

The handsome host of Saturday Night Live simply could not keep it together last night, openly laughing in one sketch, and barely containing himself in a few others. During a sketch on extraterrestrials, Gosling is shown holding in laughter while Kate McKinnon’s character demonstrates on Cecily Strong how aliens lined up to “gently batting her knockers” during her abduction.

This week marked the first time Ryan Gosling hosted “Saturday Night Live,” so it’s only to be expected that the actor might make some mistakes — including being unable to keep a straight face.Ryan Gosling might have an American accent (one he adopted as a kid because he “decided that a Canadian accent doesn’t sound tough,” the actor told W in 2010), but he’s completely Canadian — a fact Cecily Strong forced him to face in Saturday’s monologue, where Mike Myers joined him to tap dance and sing a Canadian-themed Christmas carol featuring references to clubbing seals and Molson beer. While Gosling was pretty good (especially his Scarecrow), the defining moment of the episode came from Kate McKinnon in the show’s “Close Encounter” skit about the NSA talking to alien abductees. Myers, who was sporting a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, told Gosling Canadians have plenty to be proud of — like “our hunky new Prime Minister Trudeau,” Degrassi Junior High and “Sir Justin Bieber.” “Santa’s coming don’t you pout, it’s time to break the Molsons out.

Gosling struggled to hold in his laughter during several sketches throughout the night, but one in particular, in which Kate McKinnon tells an especially out-there story about getting abducted by aliens called “Close Encounters,” had him laughing the entire time. Although the monologue’s premise didn’t exactly promise an exciting start to the show, Gosling and Myers sold it simply because they are Ryan Gosling and Mike Myers. While McKinnon tells the story of having her “knockers” touched by some extraterrestrials, Gosling gets a bad case of the giggles, with the camera focusing on him as he tries to stifle it. Jokes about Canada tend to be redundant, and these were no exception: There were references to Canadians saying “aboot” instead of “about” and their penchant for apologizing, both overused jabs that would have fallen completely flat if not for Gosling’s endearing (and endearingly nervous — he stuttered out the show’s name as soon as he got onstage) performance as a guy trying to come to terms with his identity.

As it so often happens, laughter is contagious, causing cast members Aidy Bryant, who played a NSA representative, Cecily Strong and Bobby Moynihan to loose their cool as well. But I’m going to give Gosling (and the SNL performers in the sketch with him who couldn’t help but giggle themselves once Gosling began to lose it) a break in this instance. She recalls an ordeal that left her without her pants, being left on the roof of a Long John Silver’s, and a ritual that involved 40 aliens taking turns knocking her breasts. Naughty and nice became a theme of the show, with The Big Short actor upping the hot factor in sketches including a teenage girl sleepover where he bared his chest as a “Dad crush.”

His status as a drama-focused actor actually helped, making each successful performance in a sketch all the more impressive and his unscripted fits of giggles all the more amusing. And let’s be fair, Kate McKinnon was really funny in that alien sketch that left him in stitches. (Heh heh, she said “knockers.”) Here’s the sketch of which we speak, in which the NSA interviews three recent alien abductees about their experiences aboard the mother ship. He wasn’t the only one: Bryant also visibly struggled to keep herself from laughing, and McKinnon seemed to be battling back urges to let it out during her many moments in front of the camera — and this all made the whole sketch, already fairly solid especially thanks to McKinnon’s hilarious performance as the one friend whose alien encounter wasn’t all that great, a complete delight to watch. The ladies of SNL take centerstage in this pre-taped commercial, which pretty much guarantees it’ll be good – and it is: Leslie Jones, Sasheer Zamata, McKinnon, and Vanessa Bayer are all forced smiles and faux optimism except for quick moments where they realize the horror in settling. This digital short started out normal enough — Gosling and Bayer play a couple spending Christmas at their neighbors’ house — until it got really weird really fast: Turns out Gosling and Bayer are Santa fanatics, so they don’t hold back their inner crazy once they hear Beck Bennett mention to his young son that Santa’s nearby.

We actually begin the episode with Donald Trump and Melania’s holiday greetings, including Trump’s “naughty and nice” list (his idea), featuring Santa and Hillary, who, to everyone’s surprise, made the nice list. Both of Bridges’ performances were stellar, but it was his second one that totally stunned: The 26-year-old soul singer took the audience to the river with the help of backing singers that added an extra touch of gospel flair to the slow-burning “River.” Gosling is joined by one (of many) of SNL’s fellow Canadian performers, Mike Myers, to sing about Canadians. (Not that this is important to the episode, but does Mike Myers have a book coming out about being a Canadian or something? Between this and his appearance on Last Week Tonight a while back, he’s setting himself out as the Representative Canadian, and I’m just curious as to why.) Anyway. The song was fine, I guess, but I am always of the impression that when SNL feels the need to pad the opening monologue with guest stars and musical numbers, it suggests they don’t trust the host to be entertaining on their own merits.

B- The first of two commercial spoofs of the night is for a dating app called “Settl” for women who already own a wedding dress, but just need a groom. C Anthony Crispino, the second-hand news expert is back with his buddy, the third-hand news guy played by Ryan Gosling, which is basically just the two of them in mullet wigs making whiny noises. B- In this sketch, Ryan Gosling takes a reporter from GQ (apparently Cecily Strong is your go-to “reporter” actor) with him to his hometown, where he is bullied by an old frenemy.

B- So, The Wiz Live! happened this week over on NBC, and the funniest thing to come of the performance were all these dummies complaining about there not being an all white Wiz.

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