Original Airdate - 12/5/15
To start the Holiday push at Saturday Night Live, they decided to give a hosting opportunity to an actor known as one of the best actors working today. It was his first time hosting because he is not necessarily known for comedy, but he can be funny when he needs to be. The major takeaway from this episode is Ryan Gosling also is good at recognizing when something is funny, as he broke character to laugh in almost every sketch he was in.
Donald Trump has become a walking punchline. It almost isn't funny at times to do a lot of Donald Trump jokes since it is getting to a point where you don't have to distort the truth anymore to satirize him. This sketch was fine, but ultimately forgettable. Their Trump sketches are so much funnier when he has other politicians to make fun of in the process.
A little known fact about Ryan Gosling is that he is Canadian. Well, that is no longer a little known fact thanks to this monologue. Mike Myers emerges as a fellow Canadian to make light of their heritage in glorious song. It was pretty silly, which they were willing to claim during the song, saying it was obviously a song about Canada written by Americans. This seemed to be the one time during the episode that Gosling was able to hold it together.
Dark Horse Sketch
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