From the Quarter Quell, to Studio 8H!

Josh Hutcherson made his debut on Saturday Night Live and right out of the gate, it was all about the Hunger Games.

"I play Peeta, the brave young hero who immediately gets hurt and has to be carried around for the rest of the movie," the 21-year-old quipped, adding that he is lucky that some of the SNL cast members are big fans of the trilogy.

Enter Kate McKinnon dressed as the quirky District 12 chaperone Effie Trinket, complete with a bowl featuring pieces of paper.

"In honor of you hosting tonight we are starting a new tradition," she joked. "We're going to draw the name of one man and one female cast member and they will come on stage and fight to the death!"

Katniss, portrayed by Cecily Strong, volunteers herself and then uses her bow and arrow to shoot the male tribute, Bobby Moynihan. Strong then injured the always-weak Hutcherson with a high five, and carried him to his next sketch.

Another highlight included Hutcherson as a subway dancer named Lil Peanut, who is part of a subway dance troupe with Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah. Their forte is performing in crowded cars and their moves are quite hysterical.

The Catching Fire star also sported a fantastic blond mullet wig, and his only lines during the sketch were lip-synching The Outfield's "Your Love." Because he portrayed Josie's brother. Classic.

Sisters and girl group HAIM took the stage twice, and performed their hits "The Wire" and "Don't Save Me."

Hutcherson celebrated his hosting gig at an after party held at Lafayette in the Soho neighborhood, a source confirms to E! News. He held court at a long, rectangular table at the center of the restaurant, surrounded by about fifteen family members and close friends. He was seen chowing down on the restaurant's signature brisket burger with fries. He was in very good spirits, chatting with the partygoers. J.J. Abrams and Zachary Levi also attended the bash.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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