You would think Marvel and In The Heart of the Sea actor Chris Hemsworth would have been the main draw during this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, but the long-running sketch comedy series totally shocked us by bringing back George W Bush. Well, not the real-life politician. Instead, Will Ferrell returned to NBC’s long-running series to reprise one of his most memorable impressions. You can check it out, below.
The hilarious brand new Will Ferrell sketch featured the man in character announcing that he, George Bush, would once again be running for the office of President of the United States. He also sang a bit from his new campaign song, took shots at the soft-spoken Ben Carson and called Trump a “knucklehead” with “the hair.” But Ferrell's Bush wasn’t just cracking jokes about the aforementioned names in the Republican race. He also took a shot at his own brother Jeb, who hasn’t fared as well in the polls as expected.
It’s been a little while since Will Ferrell has popped up on SNL to play George W Bush, although the actor and comedian has made a name for himself playing the character elsewhere. Back in 2009, he played the character in the Broadway play You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush, which also aired live on HBO. While he didn’t play Bush the last time he was on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell did return to the series for the big SNL 40 special last year and during that episode he did yet another of his infamous impersonations, portraying Alex Trebek during the episode’s Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch.
Beyond Will Ferrell, Saturday’s SNL episode also featured some other highlights, including Hemsworth defending the need for Thor 3 while dressed as a female character and a second sketch spoofing those who collect Star Wars toys. All in all, it was a good episode, and it’s not even the last one fans will get before winter hiatus. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host next week’s big SNL winter finale—yes together—next week. You can catch the SNL Poehler/Fey episode next Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. ET, only on NBC. In addition, here’s what’s coming up after midseason.
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