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Gov't shutdown defies 'Gravity' as Bruce Willis hosts SNL: Video

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  October 13, 2013 02:24 AM

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Jacoby Ellsbury and Wade Boggs worked their way into this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live."

But it was "Boy Dance Party" that will probably be the lasting, viral video image of this week's episode, which hosted by a harmonica-playing Bruce Willis.

Willis last hosted the show in 1989 and had no trouble poking fun at himself throughout the show, starting with his opening monologue.

"If you told me back in 1989 that there would have been six "Die Hard" films, I would have said that seems a little too many."

The show opened with a brilliant satirical combination of the movie "Gravity" [above] and the current government shutdown. In this space odyssey, the characters played by George Clooney [Taran Killam] and Sandra Bullock [Cecily Strong] are on the verge of being lost in space. But the only people back in Houston answering the phone at NASA headquarters are a pair of janitors [Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon.]

"The government is shut down," Thompson's character "Carl" says, "It turns out that I'm the only essential employee here. But I could have told you that months ago."

Willis and a somewhat spaced out Bobby Moynihan were featured in an "Armegeddon" parody that scored laughs.

Willis mocked several of his hard-guy characters in Navy SEALS sketch where he was the guy who was supposed to be sitting in the van but was hoping to do, among other things, kick in the bad guy's door and ask if anyone wanted a pizza and drive away from an exploding room in a Ferrari.

Strong stood strong during "Weekend Update" in easily her best performance thus far behind the anchor desk. Strong and Seth Meyers skipped over the obvious laments about the government shutdown - subbing out a slide of the 0-6 Giants instead of the Capitol building at the beginning of the news.

They slayed both Clooney while talking about the scientific inaccuracies of "Gravity" [“no way Clooney would spend that much time talking to a woman his own age”] and a series of one-liners about about the separation of Bruce and Kris Jenner. Meyers won the round with this zinger: “The comedy and tragedy masks are getting a divorce.”

Boggs and Ellsbury's names came up in an "Ol' Barbershop" sketch when Wills was the lone white barber in shop with Thompson and Jay Pharoah, as they told tales of great athletes part and present.

After Pharoah and Thompson tried to one up each other with tales of Ellsbury, Rickey Henderson and Lou Brock, Willis deadpanned: "How about that Wade Boggs. He's pretty good. I saw him play once. I said he would go 1 for 4. And he did."

The "Boy Dance Party" purported to offer a look at what really happens in the man cave when the women leave on Sunday afternoons.

"In the older days, the ladies stayed at home and went to work. Now it's time for the ladies to get out so the boys can stay home and twerk."

There was no twerking from musical guest Katy Perry, a former host herself. Perry did not appear in any sketches. She sang "Roar" and "Walking on Air."

Edward Norton is scheduled to host in two weeks.

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