“Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson’s easy appeal played well as an SNL host. Though he was used in almost every sketch, SNL mostly cast Hutcherson as the straight man. This move allowed him to work his charm, but didn’t give the actor much room to goof or explore atypical roles.
For Hutcherson’s monologue, the writers took an easy route and created a “Hunger Games” scenario in which cast members had to compete (Kate McKinnon made an excellent Effie Trinket).
Hutcherson played “the cutest boy in school” in the latest rendition of the Girlfriends Talk Show, a brilliant and often subtle critique of young teen dynamics (he makes a decent a cappella joke). Hutcherson then played a hopeful employee seeking a position from a captain of finance who has a baby’s body–a sketch that allowed new cast member Beck Bennett to show off some impressive physical comedy. Hutcherson then joined up in one of the evening’s best sketches about three inconsiderate medical assistants at an animal hospital.
Another highlight of the evening was the fantastic Aidy Bryant as the worst lady on the airplane –laughing maniacally, with Chinese food in tote, and dozens of loose plastic bags to carry her things. Bryant has been on a roll and this marks her best effort to date. Watch this sketch and other highlights below: