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Ryan Gosling and Mikey Day's Beavis and Butt-Head Had the SNL Cast Cracking Up

Saturday Night Live's hair and makeup departments knocked it out of the park with their unsettling looks.

By Samantha Vincenty

Capturing the look of a well-known pop culture figure quickly is all in a day's work for Saturday Night Live's creative teams, who nail every detail with wigs, makeup, wardrobe, and even prosthetics. All of those were fully on point in April 13's "Beavis and Butt-Head" sketch, in which Host Ryan Gosling and cast member Mikey Day fully became human versions of Mike Judge's cartoon headbangers.

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Or, more accurately, the actors became two perfectly normal guys who bore an insane resemblance to the animated duo. 

The sketch is framed as an episode of a talk show called News Nation, in which an AI-skeptical professor (Kenan Thompson) visited to chat with a journalist (Heidi Gardner). But less than a minute in, the camera revealed an audience member (Gosling) that no one — including Thompson's professor — could take their eyes off of: A young man in a blue "Death Rock" T-shirt who would look extremely familiar to fans of Judge's MTV series about two goofy couch potatoes that ran for eight seasons in the 1990s (and was most recently revived in 2022). 

"Professor, is there a problem?" Gardner's journalist asked.

"Um, yeah. There is a gentleman in your audience who looks strikingly similar to Beavis, from the cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head," the professor admitted. "Just a little distracting."

Ryan Gosling Chloe Fineman and Mikey Day during a sketch on Saturday Night Live Episode 1861

At that point, Gosling turned to reveal the full majesty of his blond pompadour wig and prosthetic Beavis nose, as he obliviously scanned the crowd for the man in question. 

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Turning to ask the Beavis doppelgänger to move his seat, Gardner hid a small laugh as the near-unrecognizable Gosling stared back. 

Ryan Gosling and Mikey Day's Beavis and Butt-Head made everyone break character

Though Gosling's character said he had never heard of Beavis, he moved to sit elsewhere. But he was soon replaced by a second man (Mikey Day) who, by complete coincidence, looked exactly like Butt-Head in his "SKULL" shirt. 

"Oh my GOD," Thompson's professor exclaimed mid-sentence. "Are you serious?"

"Professor, just because our audience members aren't as informed on the issue as you doesn't make them 'butt-heads,'" Gardner's journalist said upon hearing his new complaint. (Day's Butt-Head nodded in somber agreement.)

But when Gardner nonetheless turned to ask Day's character to relocate, the sight of Day-as-Butt-Head (complete with a non-existent upper lip) proved too much. Holding up a hand at Day, who remained in character as he looked around, Gardner needed a minute to recover. 

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Ryan Gosling during his monologue on Saturday Night Live Episode 1861

"Kindly move seats?" she asked the man, who misunderstood and nudged his neighbor (Michael Longfellow) instead. 

"She's talking to you," Longfellow informed the Butt-Head, whose reaction set Gardner off again (and who can blame her?). 

But when Gosling's Beavis and Day's Butt-Head then sat next to each other, the actors erupted into giggles at how ridiculous the other looked. 

"You two really don't know that you look like Beavis and Butt-Head?!" the professor yells.

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"I've heard rumblings that I look like someone from TV, but maybe it's this Beavis person. I don't know," Gosling said, as he and Day did their best to keep it together (and we possibly heard Chloe Fineman snort in the background). "I don't watch much television, I have an incredibly busy life," he added.

And yet the two performers' Beavis and Butt-Head laughs were as spot-on as their hair and makeup.

Watch the cast-breaking SNL sketch at the top of this post, which ends with a quick tribute to another iconic Mike Judge cartoon.