Anytime Will Ferrell returns to Saturday Night Live it's a good time, and his latest hosting gig was no exception. The former cast member brought back many of his beloved characters throughout the show but kicked things off by bringing back one of his best in the show's cold open. Check out Ferrell's return as George W. Bush below, as he portrayed the former President gloating about how people miss him:
George W. Bush has been out of office a long time, but you wouldn't know it by the way Will Ferrell slipped back into the role like it was yesterday. Ferrell confused words, furrowed his brow, brandished a water gun, and reminded Americans why the former President had his critics throughout his presidency. Ferrell didn't go it alone either, as Leslie Jones popped in the skit as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice so that the two could sing an alternate take on the All in the Family theme song "Those Were The Days." Overall, the skit was humorous, although a surprise appearance by former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond as Dick Cheney would've really sent it over the top!
The musical number was a nice touch, but what really made this sketch was the thought of George W. Bush pretending he was still President in his basement. Additionally, the thought of any former President going live on Twitch to address the nation is about as hilarious as it is completely possible we could one day see that happen. Let's just hope that when it does, whichever President that does it isn't crazy enough to have a mock-up Oval Office in his basement!
Will Ferrell's portrayal of George W. Bush may not be the most popular Saturday Night Live portrayal he's ever done, but it is certainly up there. Ferrell has frequently appeared, not just on SNL, but many other shows as well, to portray the President, and he's always able to get a laugh or two from an audience when he does. Ferrell even has a fan in the actual George W. Bush, who told Jimmy Kimmel a year ago about a funny conversation he had with SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels about the portrayal:
Saturday Night Live is all new on NBC with Natalie Portman and Dua Lupa Saturday, February 3 at 11:30 p.m. ET. For a look at some other funny Will Ferrell moments, be sure to check out his most recent appearance on The Tonight Show, as well as his interview of tennis legend Roger Federer right after the player won a match. For a look at upcoming television returning in 2018 or premiering for the first time, head on over to our midseason premiere guide.