It's been 25 years since Woody Harrelson first hosted "Saturday Night Live." Doing the math that means he hosted back in 1989, which just so happens to be the name of Taylor Swift's latest album (we're guessing you've heard of it). Harrelson challenges the pop singer, saying he thinks he knows a little bit more about that year than she does, even if the memories are a little fuzzy because of the drugs. "I got a blank space baby, because I used to do cocaine."
The "Cheers" alum also brought on "Hunger Games" co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence for the episode's opening monologue. J.Law teases the audience, hinting at singing along with Harrelson, but admits that when she sings it "sounds like a deer that's been caught in a fence." Liam thinks it's more like "a dog being hit by a truck," while Josh says it's "a goat that screams like a human." The cute camaradie is entirely unsurprising considering we already know what kissing each other is like, and what their snack preferences are.
Unfortunately we don't get to hear J.Law's singing voice, (although we do get to see that she is still completely adorable even when flubbing a line live on television) and luckily Harrelson keeps the laughs coming throughout the episode. Here are the night's top sketches.
In a new game show (from our own network it seems! Thanks for the MTV shoutout!) hosted by Harrelson, Cecily Strong is Desiree- a girl that's horny as hell and "here to fix that." She gets to pick from three dudes (Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney and Taran Killam) to get "Match'd." The trio are all waiters who can't stop talking about how horny they are. But when they find out that Desiree is the host's daughter, they straighten up into proper gentlemen.
A new marijuana law has Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Bobby Moynihan emerge from their apartments, bags of weed in hand. Leslie Jones gets out of her car in a cloud of smoke, while Harrelson is in dreadlocks and a soul patch and clutching a bong. When the crowd is confronted by the cops, they receive a tip of the cap. Davidson prepares to light up a celebratory joint, but it turns out it's still illegal to smoke in public. The Funjuns flag is retired as everyone returns to their couch to enjoy the high in private.
Harrelson stops by the Weekend Update desk with Matthew McConaughey (Taran Killam), who seems to be a running impression joke of late with the "SNL" cast as Jim Carrey debuted his best "alright alright alright" just a couple weeks ago. McConaughey and Harrelson talk about casting for "True Detective" Season 2 and their fully nude friendship.
In "The Dudleys," Harrelson is the new gay Mr. Dudley in a family primetime sitcom that takes viewers' feedback into high consideration. The frazzled mom, stay-at-home dad and two goofy daughters are consistently switched to accommodate a dialed-down gay dad, an African American husband, and a portrayal of real-life intimacy. Daughter Dora Dudley is also swapped out for a cameo from Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes from "Orange Is The New Black."
Harrelson and Kate McKinnon are at the bar's last call, commiserating over leaf-blowing pickup lines and alcoholic concoctions in to-go cups. The night culminates in a cling-wrapped makeout session that you cannot unsee.
Kendrick Lamar hit the stage as musical guest for the third time, performing his latest hit "i" from his forthcoming album, along with "Pay For It," a collaborative song featuring Jay Rock.
Cameron Diaz and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars will host and perform on November 22.