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Watch Ryan Gosling's SNL Monologue and Sketches from April 13

The Fall Guy star's third turn hosting featured cameos from Kate McKinnon, Emily Blunt, and Caitlin Clark. 

By Samantha Vincenty

When Ryan Gosling's third turn hosting Saturday Night Live started with a new installment of his "Close Encounters" sketches with Kate McKinnon, it was immediately clear that this would be a banger of an episode.

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Gosling's monologue — which turned into a Barbenheimer musical number that doubled as promo for his new movie, The Fall Guy — was a showstopper that met the high bar he'd already set by the cold open. They subsequent sketches continued to deliver, with Gosling bringing the silly energy and full commitment to a bit that makes him such an excellent SNL Host. 

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Other highlights from the show included a sketch that found Gosling and Mikey Day as the human versions of Beavis and Butt-Head from the retro MTV cartoon of the same name (hats off to SNL's costume and makeup departments!), and a country music video co-starring Musical Guest Chris Stapleton.

By the end of the night, we'd laughed even harder than Heidi Gardner did when she turned around to see Mikey Day in his Butt-Head costume. 

Watch Ryan Gosling's Saturday Night Live sketches from April 13, below.

Ryan Gosling during his monologue on Saturday Night Live Episode 1861

"Close Encounters" Cold Open 

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Gosling and McKinnon's recurring sketch, in which several alien abductees describe wildly differing experiences aboard the UFO, remained very funny due to its stars.

"Sir, before we begin, may I say something? I'm just realizing that I was wearing the same outfit the last time I was here," Gosling's "Close Encounters" character said at the top of the sketch, referring to the signature cap and retro quilted vest he's worn previously. "I just want you to know I do have other clothes."

Ryan Gosling's Monologue with Emily Blunt

Ryan Gosling Monologue

A month after Ryan Gosling seemingly closed the door on his role in the Barbie movie with an amazing live performance of "I'm Just Ken," he had to squeeze in one more musical tribute to the doll, and launched into Taylor Swift's "All Too Well" (Ken's Version) with new Barbie-related lyrics.

Plans changed when he was joined by his The Fall Guy co-star Emily Blunt, and the pair teamed up for a Barbenheimer number complete with backup dancers and props. 

The Engagement

The Engagement

Gosling played a desperate man named Harrison, who begged his new fiancée's friend Brad (Andrew Dismukes) to help him escape an engagement that he deeply regretted. 

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

"Get That Boy Back" Featuring Chris Stapleton

Get That Boy Back ft. Chris Stapleton

Freshman cast member Chloe Troast shone in this pre-taped musical sketch, a "Before He Cheats"-esque country bop in which three women (Troast, Chloe Fineman, and Ego Nwodim) sung of their plans to make their cheating men regret straying.

Stapleton was also great, playing the poor boyfriend/victim of some deranged revenge plans involving body paint. 

Beavis and Butt-Head

Beavis and Butt-Head

A TV news interview about the dangers of AI was disrupted by two men who look like one of those horrifying "what if this popular cartoon character was real?" AI memes. Gosling and Day were truly transformed into Mike Judge's animated metal heads. 

Can't Tonight

Can't Tonight

Three Latino men — well, two Latino men and an impressionable white guy (Gosling) who's in love with a Cuban woman — gathered ahead of what was going to be a wild night. (It was so wild that even "the original dog from Beethoven" would be there!)



A family grieved the sudden death of their grandfather, after hearing the news from the creepiest doctors ever (Bowen Yang and Ryan Gosling). This somehow led to the pair sharing a bag of crumpled cookie bits to delightful effect. 

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Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

Chloe Fineman got to deliver Julia Roberts iconic monologue from the 2000 movie (Fineman officially loves referencing that era in film!), before Ryan Gosling performed a comeback monologue from Aaron Eckhart's character (Brockovich's boyfriend George) that definitely never happened.

Papyrus 2

Papyrus 2

In this callback to Gosling's September 30, 2017 show, Gosling's character from the original Papyrus sketch returned and was doing his best to heal from the laziness of the Avatar franchise's chosen font. 

Ryan Gosling in a sketch during Saturday Night Live Episode 1861 on April 13th, 2024.