Saturday night’s show also targeted Donald Trump and spoofed 'Star Wars.'
Second-time host Chris Hemsworth wanted to show viewers that he already rules the halls ofSaturday Night Live.
The In the Heart of the Sea star, who first took the stage on March 8, spent the majority of his Dec. 12 opening monologue terrorizing the cast backstage — he sucker-punched Pete Davidson, hung up on Kate McKinnon’s phone call with Hillary Clinton and poured a pitcher of water over Vanessa Bayer.
The actor went on to display his range of talents in a handful of skits throughout the night as he took on serious, comedic and even theatrical roles.
He teamed with Sasheer Zamata for an action-packed short film where things got bloody, reprised his role as the obviously more attractive (but still goofy) identical twin Matty to Taran Killam’s Marky in “Brother 2 Brother,” and sang during an odd Broadway-themed Christmas party. He even put on his dancing shoes for a choreographed number at a strip club.
Hemsworth, however, took a backseat when politics and Star Wars took center stage.
After a cold-open cameo from alum Will Ferrell as George W. Bush, Kate McKinnon’s Greta Van Susteren called on GOP candidates Ted Cruz (Killam), Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan) and Ben Carson (Jay Pharoah) to condemn Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims to no avail. “Put simply, n-yes,” says Cruz, eventually prompting an “Oh my gosh, my soul hurts” from Van Susteren.
Trump’s Muslim ban was also the opening topic on "Weekend Update," which welcomed TIME magazine’s person of the year Angela Merkel, played by McKinnon. When asked for her thoughts on Trump saying she's ruining Germany, she replies with wide eyes, “I guess he prefers our earlier stuff.”
Now less than a week away from opening night, the Force was not forgotten. A commercial forStar Wars: The Force Awakens action figures featured Killam, Moynihan and Kyle Mooney as obsessive adult fans of the collectors' items that are for “Ages 6 and up, way up.”
Between sketches, musical guest Chance the Rapper performed “Somewhere in Paradise” and “Sunday Candy.” Next week, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to co-host with musical guest Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Will Ferrell Returns to ‘SNL’ as George W. Bush to Talk Trump, GOP Candidates
The funnyman breaks down the GOP field in the show’s cold open: "Makes you miss me, doesn't it?"
Will Ferrell returned to Saturday Night Live as George W. Bush to make a big announcement.
To kickoff the Chris Hemsworth-hosted episode Dec. 12, the SNL alum reprised his portrayal of the former president to let everyone know that he plans to run for a third term and enter the crowded 2016 presidential race.
“The field of Republicans out there is so messed up, I figured, makes you miss me, doesn't it? And that’s saying a lot,” says Ferrell as Bush.
Insisting that he already selected his campaign song, (“Ready or Not” by The Fugees), he goes on to give his opinion on several of the Republican frontrunners.
But most of the mocking is reserved for Donald Trump and "brother" Jeb Bush.
“And then you got this knucklehead, with the hair and the 100-foot wall,” he says while breaking into hysterics over a photo of Trump with his mouth open. He then dismisses Trump’s proposal for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.: “Yeah, great idea. That’s impossible to implement and not what this country is about."
When it comes to "poor Jeb," he concludes, "You gotta admit, it’s a pretty good plot twist that I turned out to be the smart one.”
Watch a clip below.