Benedict Cumberbatch made his “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut last night, and took the stage for his monologue to declare that he was going to attempt this thing he’s seen Americans do, called bragging.
With that, he launched into a song detailing all his varied roles and cinematic accomplishments while female members of the “SNL” cast joined in to swoon over him — especially Leslie Jones, who looked like she was ready to eat him like a muffin.
The “Dr. Strange” star also performed in a number of sketches, including one in which he plays the personal assistant to Mr. Shaw, who has the body of a man and the head of an eagle.
One of the strangest sketches of the evening was a game show, hosted by Beck Bennett and featuring cast members Vanessa Bayer and Aidy Bryant along with Cumberbatch as Bennett asks questions in order to ascertain “Why Is Benedict Cumberbatch Hot?” — because Bennett just doesn’t get it.
Cumberbatch unleashed his inner Criss Angel to play a leather-clad, punk-styled stage magician who, along with his annoying British girlfriend (Cecily Strong) barge in on a couple’s dinner date.
In this sketch, Cumberbatch plays the leader of a gang of thieves who insists on having a police detective answer a series of riddles before detonating some explosives, which becomes problematic when the cop easily solves all his riddles.
Cumberbatch also played a college professor tortured by his repressed homosexuality as he bares his soul to a dimwitted student (Pete Davidson) who can barely muster monosyllabic responses.
This week’s Weekend Update was, as expected, focused primarily on the upcoming election, serving up plenty of Donald Trump jokes to chew on:
In addition, Weekend Update also featured a special appearance by a barbershop quartet comprised of three members of the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs and “some guy who used to work here” — Bill Murray! Murray and the Cubs debuted a new song about the team’s long-awaited victory.
And if that wasn’t enough, another guy who used to work there dropped by Update: Dana Carvey, who popped behind the anchor desk to resurrect the Church Lady. Isn’t that special?
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global, with Dave Chappelle set to host on Nov. 12; you can also watch full episodes online.