‘SNL’ Videos: Ryan Gosling is The Scarecrow in ‘The Wiz,’ Gets Abducted by Aliens

Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Ryan Gosling SNL Alien Abduction
Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Ryan Gosling during the “Close Encounter” sketch on December 5, 2015 (Photo by: Dana Edelson / NBC)

Ryan Gosling donned the Scarecrow costume and channeled Ray Bolger in one of better Saturday Night Live skits from the December 5, 2015 episode. Gosling joined SNL cast members Leslie Jones (playing The Wiz), Kenan Thompson (Cowardly Lion), Michael Che (The Wiz‘s Scarecrow), Jay Pharoah (Tin Man), and Sasheer Zapata (Dorothy) in a skit that found The Wizard of Oz‘s Scarecrow showing up in East Oz where he encounters The Wiz‘ versions of the classic characters.

And SNL host Gosling broke character during the Close Encounter skit while Kate McKinnon described her bizarre experience with 40 grey guys who watched her pee and slapped her breasts. Aidy Bryant and Bobby Moynihan played two National Security Agency employees charged with interviewing the first three officially confirmed victims of alien abductors. While Gosling and Cecily Strong had glorious metaphysical experiences on board the alien spaceship, McKinnon apparently was relegated to lower level alien interrogators who dumped her back on Earth (minus her pants) onto the roof of a Long John Silver’s.

Watch Ryan Gosling in SNL skits from December 2015: