Will Ferrell Yelling at People on the Street While Wearing a Christmas Onesie …

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Billy on the Street.

Billy Eichner’s latest Billy on the Street episode featured none other than our favorite grown elf, Will Ferrell, who helped the funnyman run around New York City and yell at strangers while quizzing them on different Christmas-related questions, which, in turn, provided us with all of the holiday cheer you could ever ask for. Dressed in Christmas onesies — a hilarious, but ostensibly unseasonable choice compared to the sun dresses and T-shirts of their contestants — the pair scurried around town in search of answers to the tough questions: Who starred in Scrooged? In the clip above, the pair run through the streets of New York where they quiz strangers about Scrooged, gift Baby Jesus’ hay from the manger, and accost a poor woman who can’t remember Ferrell’s name.

Ferrell joins a long list of star-studded guests on show, which premiered it’s fourth season on TruTV on Oct. 8, and has already featured appearances by Tina Fey, Chris Pratt, Julianne Moore and Anna Kendrick. Eichner and Ferrell doled out $1 prizes to the lucky winners, though the man who said Scrooged was a better Christmas movie than Elf got his buck snatched back by the incensed Elf himself. It’s beyond random—and it’s hilarious—though I can’t imagine anything worse than being put on the spot and not knowing the name of the megastar in front of you. 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. 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.

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. After this pretaped sketch finished, I had one thought: “I would totally watch Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Bayer star in a remake of Natural Born Killers.” Did this break any comedy ground?

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. 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.

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