Ryan Gosling kicked off the latest season of SNL by returning to his Oscar nominated role in La La Land and giving people a lesson how he rescued jazz from obscurity. Sure, he could’ve spent the entire monologue talking about Blade Runner 2049 and making jokes about Harrison Ford, but instead he decided to do everybody a service. Jazz isn’t just performance, it is a way of life and almost its own religion, at least that’s how I felt about it after listening to Gosling for a few minutes here.
Gosling noodles around on the piano, lights a cigarette, and sets the mood to send his message to the masses. Just make sure you keep the noise down, especially all of those wild jazz instruments. The man is taking his time to deliver his blessing to you, so it’s only right to not drown him out with your confusing music.
Kenan Thompson interrupts at one point to try and make it seem like Gosling is a little off base, but he’s soon sent back off camera and the lesson can continue.
By the end, we’ve gotten a little more insight on how Gosling rescued jazz, we’ve heard a few seconds of actual music, smoked a few cigarettes, and even got a cameo by Emma Stone to correct Gosling on one thing. He didn’t save alone, they saved jazz together.