Promoting movies is for chumps.
That’s one lesson learned from Bruce Willis’ Saturday Night Live gig.
When you’re John McClane, you host SNL because you want to host SNL. No movie, television show or album plugs required.
The result was that Willis, who hosted for the first time in 24 years, was the badass we’ve all come to love: tough, reliable and, yes, a killer with a joke.
Here’s some of the highlights of how he made us laugh. Hard. Sorry - couldn't resist.
In a spoof of Alfonso Cuaron’s astronaut thriller Gravity, Taran Killam (as George Clooney) and Cecily Strong (as Sandra Bullock) feel the sting of the U.S. government shutdown when, in their time of peril, the only person they can reach at NASA mission control is Carl, the janitor. His advice to get them back to Earth involves something he saw in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
So what does a 58-year-old action star do with a five-minute monologue segment when he has nothing to promote? It’s the perfect time to chat about the family, share a picture of your newborn daughter Mabel Ray and then jam mercilessly on the harmonica. This guy was passed over for Ashton Kutcher?
Willis and the male SNL cast members kick off their own secret Boy Dance Party when their girlfriends are out of sight. The party is a flashy pre-recorded music video where Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson dance alongside Bruce Willis while spraying each other with silly string and "shaking their sacks."
He might be the star of SNL early this season, but there’s one Taran Killam character that should be left in the writing room for good: Eddie, the 31-year old loser son who likes to make fun of people when they mispronounce a word. Unfortunately, this isn't Eddie's first appearance on the show, and if the writers don't have anything better to throw in that last half hour of air time - it might not be his last.