Will Ferrell couldn't keep It together during his Saturday Night Live monologue
Will Ferrell made his return to Saturday Night Live last night. And while former cast members-turned hosts usually reprise at least one of their famous characters, as Adam Sandler did to great effect with Opera Man earlier this year, Ferrell didn’t bring back a single beloved bit. That’s right—no Culps, no Spartan Cheerleaders, no Robert Goulet. But the episode was still a complete standout, full of fresh material buoyed by Ferrell’s always-infectious performances. And it kicked off with a truly memorable monologue—and a surprise appearance from Ryan Reynolds.
It started off as a pretty typical “misty-eyed SNL alum comes home” monologue, with Ferrell reminiscing about his seven seasons at Studio 8H. But the bit became a lot livelier after he spotted the Deadpool star in the audience, leaving him too star-struck to continue the monologue.
“Always great to be hack in New Blork,” sputtered Ferrell, flailing for all he was worth. Learning that Reynold’s wife, Blake Lively, was watching at home sent him spiraling into an impressive series of voices that included singing an excerpt of “Backstreet’s Back,” doing a Cockney TSA agent voice, and a spot-on impression of Tracy Morgan.
Luckily, Morgan himself was on hand to help out. “This is Will Ferrell, he can do what he wants to do,” announced Ferrell’s fellow former cast member. "I suckled from his comedy bosom, and like a young Luke Skywalker, it filled me with strength. He guided me through the River Styx into late night glory. And the rest is, as they say, puppy dogs and gum drops.” It’s something only Morgan could pull off, of course. Check it out below.