Saturday Night Live: Rock’s solid guarantee of strong finale

Dwayne Johnson teams up with Tom Hanks while long-time cast members Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan leave on a high

In recent years, Dwayne The Rock Johnson has been toying with the idea of running for president and the idea seems less ludicrous by the day.

So it was a natural fit that the monologue for his fifth time as host of Saturday Night Live would take this idea and run with it, positing that the actor and former wrestler would use his on-screen bravado to win over voters. Hes a lock for the minority vote, he explained, because everyone just assumes Im … whatever they are.

His natural fit for a running mate? Fellow five-timer Tom Hanks, of course, who brought his calming, paternal gravitas to the ticket. I have been in two movies where a plane crashed, Hanks reminded us, and people are still happy to see me on their flight.

It kicked off a strong season finale: Johnson is a great host, and the episode featured a ton of Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan, long-time cast members who are leaving the show. Both are great, goofy players who will be tough to replace.

Other sketches worth checking out include:

  • Johnson and Moynihan resurrected their wrestler characters Koko Watchout and Trashyard Mutt, who were trying to outdo each other in the promos for a big fight, but Koko couldnt quite understand why his way-too-personal insults (exposing Mutts infertility, complex familial history) didnt fly. It wasnt the most sophisticated premise, but it was executed very well, with some great punchlines for Johnson.
  • A commercial parody of erectile dysfunction drugs, starring Johnson as a construction worker who is recommended Zentrax by a co-worker, only to be informed by his doctor that it is effectively poison. What started as an obvious take on awful prescription drug ads had a nice slow build and ended with a great run of gags.
  • Weekend Update had some good one-liners Colin Josts President-for-Now Trump and Michael Ches Trump is a politician like Ja Rule is a festival organiser but the standouts where Bayer and Moynihan reprising some beloved characters. Bayer was back as Dawn Lazarus, the gibberish-speaking meteorologist whose melodic tone is oddly mesmerising: On the west coast, sun is always a wow. Moynihan brought back Drunk Uncle, the Trump-supporting old-school guy who cant quite deal with the modern-day world: Is this pomegranate juice gender fluid?
  • Kenan Thompson tried to control his New Money Crew in a rap video that quickly got out of control. Worth watching for one special cameo.

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Dwayne Johnson Five-Timers Monologue - SNL

Host Dwayne Johnson and fellow Five-Timers Club member Tom Hanks announce their intention to run for president and vice president in 2020.

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