Ryan Gosling hosted "Saturday Night LIve" on December 5, and the award winning and lauded actor did, well, OK. In fact, he was panned somewhat for being nervous which wouldn't seem typical for an actor of his stature.
But "Saturday Night Live" has a way of bringing out the best or worst in individuals, particularly those who aren't accustomed to comedy. And even the ones who are still "struggle" with the hosting gig on the late night staple of a television show.
So why do we say "struggle," when someone like Gosling is nervous or is doing something that is out of their comfort zone. Gosling clearly was unnerved a bit based on this task, but that, along with other SNL slip ups, is what makes the show truly worth watching.
Think of an actor like Steve Segal, who hosted the show in his prime. The actor doesn't have one comedic bone in his body, and watching him on SNL was hard to do, but the episode, voted worst host in the history of the show, still is sought after 20 some years later due to it being so unique in its own way.
Even though at the time SNL probably took a lot of heat for the episode, that in a nutshell is what makes SNL great. When an actor like Gosling takes the stage, you expect greatness. What you got was a dramatic, handsome actor struggling not to laugh or seemingly a little nervous with the element of live TV.
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