Will Ferrell hosted this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live, and it’s almost as though it was season 22 all over again (while that wasn’t Will Ferrell’s first season, it was his first good season, so…). He lent his hand to many funny things happening, so for time constraints here are a mere five of them.
1. Will Ferrell appears on Weekend Update as Jacob Silj
For all of you fans out there who aren’t as big fans as you should be, you may not have noticed but hosts don’t often appear during the Weekend Update segment. But Will Ferrell is hardly a typical host – he’s family! A cast member for seven seasons, Will Ferrell is still basically a cast member himself (though his last episode on cast was way closer to 20 years ago than it feels like it should be). Ferrell dusted off one of his older, lesser known characters Jacob Silj – currently the senior economics fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown, and man who has difficulty controlling the volume of his voice.
2. The Tracy Morgan sort-of cameo
Tracy Morgan was a cast member alongside Ferrell for six season (Morgan joined one year after Ferrell and left one year after him too). Of all the old guard cast member that were speculated to make a cameo (among them Ana Gasteyer, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon and Chris Kattan, simple to revisit some old classic recurring sketches), Tracy Morgan wasn’t expected: he and Ferrell didn’t have any characters together.
This cameo didn’t go beyond one line in the pre-taped sketch “The House with Will Ferrell” (HYPERLINK: https://www.globaltv.com/saturdaynightlive/video/webisode/the-house-with-will-ferrell/video.html?v=1147857987701). Still, it’s always excited to see graduates of SNL academy show their faces once in a while, in any context.
3. Will Ferrell gets to scream at the current cast (and breaks while he does it)
If you’ve even seen an episode of Saturday Night Live from the late 1990s, you know that Will Ferrell’s thing is to perform as big and loud as possible. While his comedic style in his films as of late has had the intensity lowered compared to his younger days, it would have been a shame if he didn’t pull out some of that energy for his return to where everyone fell in love with it. By the end of the “Reality Stars” sketch, Will let the demons out as he was screaming at Aidy Briant and Kate McKinnon and throwing chicken props at Mikey Day and Beck Bennett. Almost a perfect professional, he can’t help but let the walls fall down when he laughs during his tirade.
4. The Return of W
Will Ferrell opened the show with his dumb-as-bricks George W. Bush addressing the nation, simply to remind America that no matter how terrible the current president is, that doesn’t change how terrible George W. was (even though by comparison he’s look pretty good from all the way up here in 2018).
5. This cast’s breakout star with yesteryear’s breakout star
Will Ferrell was no doubt the breakout star of his cast – nay, his decade. While early 1990s SNL members like Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers and others went on to be huge, people watched SNL for Will Ferrell – none of those three could claim that. In fact, the only other cast members who could reasonable make that claim are Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, and Kate McKinnon. So it’s only fitting that he share a sketch with this generation’s breakout star.
The only downside to Will Ferrell having hosted Saturday Night Live is that it will be that much longer until he hosts again. Oh well, we’ll just watch and see.
Saturday Night Live returns live next week February 3 with host Natalie Portman and musical guest Dua Lipa. Be sure to catch Saturday Night Live airing Saturdays at 11.30 et/8.30 pt on Global, and watch the latest episodes online here on GlobalTV.com/SaturdayNightLive!