NEW YORK – It was a very Canadian opening to Saturday Night Live as host Ryan Gosling was joined on stage by fellow Canuck, and SNL alum, Mike Myers.
Gosling began the monologue speaking with a Brooklyn accent, talking about how great it was to be back in his childhood home of New York for the holidays.
And when SNL’s Cecily Strong interrupted to point out that Gosling actually hails from Cornwall, Ont., the acclaimed film star hesitantly suggested that it might not be the best time to talk about being an immigrant in the United States.
That’s when Myers, wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, made his entrance and reminded Gosling of the many reasons for being a proud Canadian — “our hunky new prime minister Trudeau, Degrassi Junior High, and Sir Justin Bieber,” to name but a few.
There were jokes about such standby Canadianisms as saying “eh,” pronouncing “about” as “a-boot,” Molsons beer and deep snow.
They even trotted out Bonhomme, the Quebec City Winter Carnival mascot, before launching into a musical tribute to Christmas in Canada where SNL cast members donned red and black checked jackets — sometimes irreverently referred to as Canadian tuxedoes.