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Kate McKinnon Returns To ‘Saturday Night Live’ For Another “Close Encounter” Cold Open With Ryan Gosling

Kate McKinnon returned to Saturday Night Live for yet another “Close Encounter” alien abduction cold open, joining with this week’s host Ryan Gosling for the popular sketch. And as he has before, Gosling struggled not to laugh and to stay in character.

As she has in the past, McKinnon played Colleen Rafferty, one of her most popular and memorable characters. As in past sketches, after Pentagon officials listen to abductees describe their experiences like spiritual awakenings, Rafferty relays bawdy and sexualized encounters with the alien beings. Gosling played Todd, another abductee, along with Sarah Sherman.

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This time around, the sketch was even more outrageous, as Colleen demonstrated the aliens interest in Todd’s private part, or as it is referred to, “troll nose.”

“Just in case you are wondering, I did not become aroused,” Gosling, as Todd, said. “Anytime I felt like I might, I just looked at Colleen here.”

During the sketch, Todd described the aliens’ excitement when he walked into the room.

“I wonder what was the cause of the excitement,” one Pentagon official said.

“Can I throw out a theory?” Todd responded. “These things, they’re … smooth down there. A broken doorbell. No dong.” Gosling started to laugh as he began to describe his “troll nose.”

McKinnon and Gosling previously did the sketch in 2017 and 2015, when he also struggled not to crack up. McKinnon left the show in 2022.

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