But that’s fine because it rebounded with a great Ryan Gosling monologue about how he saved jazz. It wasn’t that amusing but Ryan Gosling having the inability to keep a straight face is charming and more than makes up for it. She explained that she thought the aliens believed she was broken and were “trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again” as she pressed her hands on either side of Gosling’s butt. The attempts to replicate the magic of that sketch with other hosts had amusing results but nothing close to that first time. Newcomers Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner make appearances in the short along with Gosling, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle Mooney, with appearances by former cast members Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer.
In a sketch with Aidy Bryant dressed as a hen, Ryan lost his cool when the hen tried to grab his gun with her wings. To demonstrate, McKinnon punched Gosling’s buttocks, and he shook with hilarity.
Baldwin won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for his “SNL” take on Trump last season. “That ends me”, he said. Trump confided a lot of what he says is “bananas” but revealed his chaotic style is part of a plan to bend time.
I also laughed at/with Michael Che’s increasing anger about Trump’s reaction to Puerto Rican hurricane relief and National Football League players kneeling. He told the President “This isn’t that complicated man, it’s hurricane relief”. “These people need help”. “Can I speak to you just for a second?” she inquired. “Do the same thing”.
Alec Baldwin is back as Trump and it’s a little weird to directly compare his impression to what he was doing a year ago. In one month, you’ve mishandled Puerto Rico, DACA, the NFL.
Who’s performing? Jay Z, still burning hot off the release of his latest album 4:44, will be hitting the stage in season 43’s first episode.
For his SNL monologue, Ryan Gosling ran with the “saving jazz” joke, taking it literally and in the process poking fun at his own performance in La La Land and mocking the whole idea of a “white kid from Canada” rescuing the most influential of American musical forms from obscurity. This isn’t exactly unusual: Having multiple political sketches within the show is abnormal, and it’s probably unwise to expect that the ratio the show deployed last year will be repeated this year. The sketches were wildly uneven, but Gosling was fascinating to watch because he delighted in performing.