Australian star Chris Hemsworth, who came to fame playing the titular Norse deity in both “Thor” movies and “The Avengers,” parodied his rugged good looks and hunky roles in his first "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig.
The Thunder God made a rowdy spectacle of himself in an interview with a reporter (Bobby Moynihan) after defeating Ultron (the villain in the upcoming "Avengers" sequel).
"I'm at like an 11 right now!" a riotously excited Thor shouts into the microphone before embracing the reporter. "I'm sorry, I totally just kissed your head. That was weird."
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Thor was visited on-camera by his by his fellow Avengers — Iron Man (Taran Killam), Bruce Banner (Pete Davidson), Nick Fury (Jay Pharoah) and a dour Captain America (Beck Bennett) — but, as usual, the Norse deity was just focused on the after-party.
In a mock-inspirational ad for American Express, People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” recounted his so-called struggle to find a place in Tinseltown.
“When I got to Hollywood, they said I’d never make it as an actor,” a self-effacing Hemsworth said. “They said I was too tall, too blonde, my muscles were too big.”
Even his “Thor” tryouts came with speedbumps.
“At my audition, they said, ‘Um, we’re looking for a Thor type—not actual Thor,’” an introspective Hemsworth mused. “Then everybody laughed. And then they gave me a check for eight million dollars.”
In his opening monologue, Hemsworth introduced the audience to his brothers: Liam, Luke, and his fourth brother, Callum (a conspicuously blonde Kenan Thompson).
When one of the audience members (Kyle Mooney) pressed Chris on Callum’s Australian heritage, the host was only too happy to explain.
“Callum is actually adopted,” he admitted. “He’s from a place up in the Northern Territories. It’s called Atlanta.”
But Hemsworth got a taste of his adopted brother’s sense of being out of place when he appeared as a "white man in khakis" in a promo for the FOX show “Empire.”
“Empire has already taken black America by storm—but what about white America?” a voice-over in the ad proclaims. “Well we’ve got you covered: Chip.”
In the cold open sketch, Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) attempted to dispel any notions that her private email account held any explosive secrets from her time as secretary of state.
“Go ahead, check my Netflix—I have nothing to hide,” Clinton said, reclining tensely on a floral couch. “Every day I watch ‘House of Cards’ from start to finish. I jog in place while watching it like I’m in a ‘Rocky’ training montage.”
"Weekend Update" co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che took turns skewering Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate, for comments he made this week.
"Dr. Ben Carson, a candidate for president, said that homosexuality is a choice," Che said. "Unfortunately for him, so are elections."
Carson walked back those statements on Wednesday, saying that "my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues."
Also making an appearance was The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party (Cecily Strong), who attempted to hold forth on Boko Haram but, as usual, lost herself in a fumble of malapropisms.
"I think it's inexcusitive," she opined. "It's a kardastrophe. It's unremaginable. Just look at the sadistics, Michael."
In “Spaceship,” Lt. Jericho (Hemsworth) and his crewmates aboard the S. S. Orion (Thompson, Zamata and Strong) debated the sanity of their reckless captain, who happened to be a chicken — albeit a highly intelligent one.
But when an overheated warp core threatened to destroy the entire ship and its crew, Jericho had to convince his beloved captain that only she could fix the reactor by crawling into a distinctly microwave-shaped hatch. The results were tragic. And delicious.
Musical guest Zac Brown Band brought their country-fried style to Manhattan with a performance of “Homegrown,” the new single off their upcoming album “Jekyll + Hyde.”
Chris Cornell—of Audioslave and Soundgarden fame—joined the band onstage for a performance of “Heavy is the Head.”