When Ryan Gosling was announced as the host of the Saturday Night Live season premiere, people wondered if he'd be driven to giggles again the way he was in 2015 during the famous alien abduction sketch. Now we know the answer: yes. Gosling may be a former Mouseketeer-turned-huge Hollywood superstar but Kate McKinnon's power is not to be underestimated.
In the "Another Close Encounter" sketch, McKinnon's character recounted how her second abduction was much more graphic and awful than fellow survivors (played by Gosling and Cecily Strong). Then she used Gosling to demonstrate how the aliens molested her butt, driving Gosling to shake with laughter and crack up during the sketch. But wouldn't you?
Gosling actually broke in multiple sketches, including when he tried to calm down Strong's upset Italian restaurant customer. He tackled his hosting duties with glee, committing to how he saved jazz in La La Land during the monologue (there was an assist from his co-star Emma Stone) and showing the darkness of an HGTV reality star. The digital shorts were particularly good—the first for Levi's Wokes jeans and the second about the reckless decision to use the Papyrus font for Avatar.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 1, 2017
Alec Baldwin reprised his Emmy-winning portrayal of Donald Trump in the cold open, and we got to meet the new performers, Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd in a few sketches. On Weekend Update, Michael Che pondered the Trump Adminstration's slow response to helping Puerto Rico, "This isn't that complicated, man, it's hurricane relief. These people need help. You just did this for white people twice. Do the same thing. Go tell Melania to put on her flood heels, get some bottled water, some food, pack up some extra Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl T-shirts, and write them a check with our money, you cheap cracker."
Jay-Z performed "Bam" and "4:44"—and the after-party looked pretty good:
I take the worst pics ever!! Thank God Beyoncé is just fucking beautiful!! Thanks for pic Queen B!! I was so nervous!! pic.twitter.com/7MM8kPIaEt
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) October 1, 2017
The October 7 show will be hosted by Gal Gadot with musical guest Sam Smith.