Brie Larson won the Oscar for Best Actress for her career-best work in Room. She deserves another award for not breaking during tonight’s SNL.
Back in December, “Close Encounter,” featuring Kate McKinnon as a slouched woman describing her alien abduction (“I woke up and I had to pee like a camel”), turned Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling into a pile of giggles. Maybe it’s because Larson was mostly off-camera, but during the sequel sketch to McKinnon’s finest SNL moment — this time, she, Larson, and Cecily Strong were briefly lifted to Heaven by angels — she impressively didn’t turn into Adam Sandler or Jimmy Fallon. Unlike Aidy Bryant and Bobby Moynihan.
They couldn’t keep it together, and neither could McKinnon, who described her privates as her, um, “drainer and stainer.” Vulture spoke to the sketch’s writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell after “Close Encounter” first aired, and they confirmed what everyone already knew: Kate is great. When asked when they got a sense that Gosling would break, Day and Seidell responded, “During the first blocking rehearsal on Thursday. He always seemed to lose it after Kate described being tossed onto the roof of Long John Silver’s… But we loved it because he seemed to always be having fun up there.” And now I need a spinoff movie about McKinnon and “Keith” in Dog Heaven.