Austin Butler and Holiday Hopes on Saturday Night Live

It is the most wonderful time of the year, which means that this weekend will mark the final wonderful time that fans of Saturday Night Live will have with an all-new live broadcast before the renowned NBC comedy mainstay takes a brief but well-deserved holiday break.

In the hilarious new teaser that introduces Austin Butler‘s hosting role for the Christmas show that will air this coming weekend on December 17, the actor thinks that he is going to be the coolest person in the room when he introduces himself.

The actor who played Elvis in the biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann and released this year struts onto the set of Saturday Night Live like the King himself…before the full indignity of hamming it up in lowbrow comic routines starts closing in, quite literally, right around his ears.

Austin Butler and Holiday Hopes on Saturday Night Live
Austin Butler and Holiday Hopes on Saturday Night Live

Once Butler’s naughty handsome deed results in him being sent to “Christmas goblin town,” those buttons that have been undone and his sleek black suit don’t look nearly as sharp as they did before, do they?

We are conflicted about whether or not the show should just stand Butler up this weekend and make him deliver the entire opening monologue while he is perspiring it out from behind the creepy green mask.

It has to feel awfully claustrophobic inside the Grinch-like getup, which only leaves us with the question of whether or not the show should do this. Butler is at least at ease when it comes to working with practical effects, whether they be goblin masks, zombie eyes, or superhero capes. It is clear that he is a good sport about all the shameful humiliation that is undoubtedly in store for this weekend.

After a career that has already seen him dance with the undead in Jim Jarmusch’s Bill Murray zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die, not to mention appearing on the small screen in the years past in sci-fi and fantasy turns on Arrow and The Shanarra Chronicles, he is scheduled to star as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, which is scheduled to be released in November of 2019. This comes after a career that has already.

Austin Butler and Holiday Hopes on Saturday Night Live
Austin Butler and Holiday Hopes on Saturday Night Live

This weekend’s featured musical guest is Lizzo, but there is no early news as to whether or not she will be adopting Butler’s terrifying Krampus outfit. For her, this will be the third time she has performed on SNL.

However, Butler’s gig on December 17 will be a true test by the good old Yule log fire: It is the first first time that the actor has ever had the opportunity to take charge of the celebrity-hosted series, which is currently in its 48th season.

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