On Saturday night, much to the joy of Ryan Gosling fans worldwide, the man, the myth, the legend himself hosted Saturday Night Live. And if you haven’t watched it yet, it was pretty amazing. (You can see so for yourself.) But while the actor's performance during the (highly disturbing) Santa Baby sketch was totally on point, Gosling couldn't stop laughing during Saturday Night Live.
But can we really blame him? Some of these sketches were ridiculously hilarious. You can see him smirking quite a bit during the Hometown Bar sketch. And he’s totally pausing for some internal giggles while playing the role of a submissive, horny elf in the Santa & The Elves sketch. (That’s definitely one take on Santa’s workshop I’d never imagined.)
He really starts breaking character in the Birthday Party sketch as he tries to deflect flirtation from a 13-and-a-half-year-old girl at his daughter’s celebration. You can see the poor guy suppressing some laughs behind that thick mustache. But the real character-breaking moment was during the Close Encounter sketch, where Gosling just completely loses it and is cracking up while Kate McKinnon recounts her very different experience as an alien abductee.
But Gosling isn’t the first person on SNL to break character. Plenty of SNL hosts and cast members alike have encountered a case of the giggles. Let’s take a look at some of these classic and hilarious moments in SNL history:
Behind The Music: (More Cowbell)
When you think of some of SNL’s most quotable quotes, almost everyone thinks of the line, “I've got a fever. And the only prescription is more cowbell!” And that’s probably because this was also one of the most hilarious sketches of all time. Christopher Walken alone is always amazing but it’s Will Ferrell’s physical comedy that takes the cake here and Jimmy Fallon’s stifled laughter behind him only adds to it.
Van Down By The River
The late and amazing Chris Farley stars in this hilarious sketch as a motivational speaker trying to talk a couple of “kids” (played by Christina Applegate and David Spade). But while Farley makes his speech, Spade can’t help but hide a few laughs behind his hands.
Debbie Downer: Happiest Place On Earth?
There is no way to watch this sketch and not laugh, so it’s no wonder that the entire cast ends up cracking up before it’s even halfway over. Jimmy Fallon and Lindsey Lohan are the first two to start losing it, but it quickly spreads to the rest of the cast. The horn sound effects only add to the hilarity. Even Rachel Dratch (who plays Debbie Downer) has a hard time getting through the scene.
Crazy Doctor’s Office
In this scene, Ferrell plays a doctor that quite obviously isn’t qualified to be a doctor. He tells the couple that comes to see him that their son is a witch, and after a quick appearance by Dr. Poop (played by Tim Meadows), Ferrell and Molly Shannon both can’t help but suppress a few laughs, which just makes the sketch even funnier.
Weekend Update: Stefon's Valentine's Day
I have to admit, there’s a soft spot in my heart for Bill Hader’s Stefon character. His sketches were some of my favorites of the past decade of SNL because they were just so over the top brilliant. Hader completely loses it in this sketch and can’t even hide his laughs, but it’s totally cool because you’ll probably be cry-laughing yourself anyway.
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