Chris Hemsworth made his Saturday Night Live debut all the way back in March, and only a few months later, he’s returning to Studio 8H to host once again. The Aussie actor has had a busy nine months, most notably picking up Thor’s hammer once again for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also starred in three other movies this year in which he didn’t play a Norse god: the hacking thriller Blackhat, the comedy remake Vacation, and the epic drama In The Heart Of The Sea, which opened this weekend.
While Hemsworth’s debut didn’t make for a particularly memorable episode, there were a few standout sketches, and he proved himself as a more-than-capable host — and one who was totally willing to let himself be the butt of several jokes. Last time he was on the show, the cast took every opportunity to lampoon his good looks, and the man once crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive starred in a parody American Express ad about how difficult it was for him to first break into Hollywood, seeing as he was too tall, too blond, and too muscular. The poor guy wandered around Hollywood “for days” before someone handed him a check for $8 million and cast him in Thor. This time around, we can definitely expect a few quips about his good looks, although the writing staff may be a bit burned out after cracking jokes about Ryan Gosling’s pretty face last Saturday, too.
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But the standout sketch from Hemsworth’s last hosting stint — and the one that I hope makes a return appearance — allowed him to show off his dramatic acting skills opposite an unconventional costar: a chicken. Hemsworth starred as a spaceship crew member in love with his commanding officer, and it’s the kind of sketch that takes advantage of the Live in Saturday Night Live (Hemsworth dramatically repeating, “Look at me!” was a particular highlight). More importantly, it showed that Hemsworth was game for whatever SNL threw at him. Also, that actress deserves an Emmy — or whatever the poultry equivalent is.
Chance the Rapper will also take to the stage to make his SNL debut. In October, the Chicago-based rapper premiered his new song “Angels” on The Late Show (with a bonus appearance by Stephen Colbert wearing a halo), and all week he’s been dropping hints about his third mixtape. Earlier this week, Chance also recruited Hemsworth for their very own “independent” SNL promo.
Follow along with our live blog from tonight’s show below, and check back in the morning for our full recap.