Ryan Gosling lost it big time — several times, in fact — on last night’s Saturday Night Live, and we were with him all the way. Yeah, we know that breaking character is a Major No-No in the Lorne Michaels SNL Comedy Manifesto, earns the disapprobation of “going Carol Burnett.” But rules are made for being broken and, especially on the night’s best bit, all is forgiven.
An establishing shot of the Pentagon took us to a room where National Security Agency dudes Aidy Bryant and Bobby Moynihan are interviewing the three participants in “the first verified alien abduction.” Cecily Strong and Gosling are all lah-dee-dah groovin’ on the cosmic beauty of the mind-expanding, I’ve-seen-God-and-all-the-colors-of-the-rainbow Kenny-G-type experience. Then there’s McKinnon, slumped in her chair in a K-Mart blouse and jeans, her hair a rat’s nest, cigarette in hand, relating a series of experiences that were much more, let’s say tactile, than teleological. Her hosts were 40 gray guys “with big fat eyes, little mouths, they just stared while I peed in a steel bowl — I don’t think I was dealing with the top brass,” she said, to which Bryant responded, “And how did they instruct you to urinate — was that telepathically?” McKinnon: “Uh, no, no, I woke up and I had to pee like a camel,” etc. etc.
It only got better as McKinnon described the aliens’ fascination with her breasts (Strong endured being used as a demonstrator model), and her rude return to Earth via the roof of a Long John Silver’s. “I’ve had worse Wednesday nights,” she allowed. Meanwhile, McKinnon’s interlocutors and fellow abductees were deeply moved by the sheer profundity of the experience, so much so that, in the case of first-time host Gosling, some wiping away of tears was called for. You can expect to see this sketch placed high on the reel of all-time best SNL bits, truly one for the boo
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