Jason Sudeikis to bid farewell to Saturday Night Live in new sketches

The actor also has been frequently voted the most overrated actor on TV, according to a fan poll Jason Sudeikis continues to poke fun at himself and Saturday Night Live in several new sketches…

Jason Sudeikis to bid farewell to Saturday Night Live in new sketches

The actor also has been frequently voted the most overrated actor on TV, according to a fan poll

Jason Sudeikis continues to poke fun at himself and Saturday Night Live in several new sketches from Saturday’s episode.

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Over the course of his eight-year stint on the long-running sketch show, Sudeikis has become a favourite target of the whole cast – notably star Bobby Moynihan – and even co-head writer and featured player Alex Moffat, who recalled a moment in the background of one of Sudeikis’s many Daily Show appearances in an episode earlier this year.

In an act of self-humiliation, Moffat revealed he used to sit in Sudeikis’s lap, proudly boasting to the camera about his role in the “worst sketch I’ve ever written” and bragging that Sudeikis “spits in my hand”.

In Saturday’s episode of SNL – Sudeikis’s final – Moynihan appears alongside the actor in a pair of brand new sketches, one of which also sees him reunited with fellow cast member Pete Davidson. The duo will be back together again in the run-up to the show’s 40th anniversary special on 15 February.

SNL’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, also appears as himself in a future sketch which leaves the fate of Donald Trump hanging in the balance. After an award is presented to Trump, he admits “I’m moving on”, and eventually just waits for the clock to run out before jumping into a flight from the White House.

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In one of the final sketches of the show, Sudeikis returns to his hometown to play the CEO of the Love Parade Company, which had to cancel its festival in Cologne, Germany.

He describes his obsession with German beer, his plans to build an off-road recording studio and the importance of napping in Norway, in a sketch that recalls his own staging of Music and Laughter in Oslo as part of his final show last year.

Sudeikis has become one of the show’s most reliable faces in recent years and proved this season he is still in good form with two standout performances. His hosting stint has seen him debate whether the network NBC should fire him (along with other reported cast members: Kenan Thompson and Colin Jost) in the wake of its Today talk show scandal, debate the ethics of having African-American characters replace Tom Hanks (read: Kyle Mooney), and travel to the North Pole to look for evidence of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s rumoured love child.

In addition to these sketches, Sudeikis appeared in a White House-set sketch where he encourages Arnold Schwarzenegger to continue portraying the President in place of Alec Baldwin, and alongside Maya Rudolph in a show about the March for Babies.

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The actor also appeared as a celebrity spoof of himself in the top 10 favourite sketches of Jason Sudeikis as SNL’s Phil Hartman, and in a song and dance number about his career and showbiz stardom titled I’m the Best People You Know. And also, awkwardly, three separate times while being interviewed by various male and female cast members over the years in one sketch.

Another hit from Sudeikis was a clip of him rocking back and forth while delivering his own version of Tim McGraw’s Humble and Kind, in a show about celebrities trying to embrace the authenticity of their celebrity status.

Sudeikis was last seen on the big screen in 2011, playing Clarence Samuels in Horrible Bosses 2, the role that made him an A-list star and earned him his Saturday Night Live golden penis. He began the last season of SNL alongside Maya Rudolph, before leaving the show earlier this year.

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