SNL's Josh Hutcherson Episode: 5 Best Scenes

An '80s tribute, absurdist humor, and The Hunger Games, SNL-style...

Diminutive Hunger Games star 21-year-old Josh Hutcherson portrayed an assortment of fresh-faced young men as he confidently presided over an episode long on absurdist elements and 1980s references. Musical guest HAIM performed "The Wire" and "Don't Save Me."

Some highlights...

The monologue—Hunger Games fanatic Kate McKinnon, dressed up in full Effie Trinket regalia, picks one male and one female cast member to battle to the death.


 

Executive assistant Josh Hutcherson's new boss (Beck Bennett) has the mind of a financial genius ... and the body of a baby.


 

Girlfriends Talk Show—cool girl Keira (Cecily Strong) brings awkward girl (Aidy Bryant) face to face with Trevor (Josh Hutcherson), her secret crush. ("There's a study somewhere that says weird people are the best at romantic bedtime for private, under-the-sheet fantasy moments! ...")


 

Reporter Mike O'Brien interviews bugs about their destinations ...


 

Beck Bennett thinks Kyle Mooney has what it takes to dance professionally.


 

Also: (The best sketch of the night—not currently posted at the SNL website) It's the 1980s, and a mullet-haired, lip-syncing Josh Hutcherson just wants to use Vanessa Bayer's love tonight...

NEXT, on December 7: Paul Rudd, with musical guest One Direction.

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On Election Day in 1996, TheAtlantic.com launched a weekly editorial cartoon feature drawn by Sage Stossel and named (aptly enough) "Sage, Ink." Since then, Stossel's whimsical work has been featured by the New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Arts International/The New York Times Syndicate, The Boston Globe, Nieman Reports, Editorial Humor, The Provincetown Banner (for which she received a 2009 New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her work has also been included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 editions) and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Her children's book, On the Loose in Boston, was published in June 2009.

Sage Stossel grew up in a suburb of Boston and attended Harvard University, where she majored in English and American Literature and Languages and did a weekly cartoon strip about college life, called "Jody," for the Harvard Crimson. From 2004 to 2007, she served as Books Editor of the Radcliffe Quarterly

After college she took what was intended to be a temporary summer position securing electronic rights to articles from The Atlantic's archive for use online. Intrigued by The Atlantic's rich history and the creative possibilities in helping to launch a digital edition of the magazine on the Web, she soon joined The Atlantic full time. As the site's former executive editor, she was involved in everything from contributing reviews, author interviews, and illustrations, to hosting message boards and producing a digital edition of The Atlantic for the Web.

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