Tom Hanks Pops Up on Saturday Night Live's Presidential Debate, Bruno Mars Pulls Double Duty

Oscar-winning thesp and superstar singer both were on hand to bring on the funny on SNL this week

By Brandi Fowler Oct 21, 2012 5:55 PMTags

Does it really get much better than Tom Hanks popping up on Saturday Night Live?

The Cloud Atlas star made a few cameos on this week's show, making his first surprise appearance on SNL's presidential debate cold open, posing as an undecided voter asking a question in the audience. 

"This is a pretty good question," Hanks said. "You better buckle your seatbelts because this question is about to blow your mind…. Libya."

Jason Sudeikis and Jay Pharaoh were back reprising their spot-on impressions of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama respectively, while Aidy Bryant took on the role of moderator Candy Crowley. Once again, the duo nailed their imitations of the President and Romney, this time playing off how the two candidates went head-to-head in the fierce second presidential debate Tuesday.

"I think I get to say four more things," Romney (Sudeikis) said. Three more things and one more additional thing."

"What Governor Romney said is not true", President Obama (Pharaoh) said. "Ooh, I want to fight you so bad!," Romney quipped in response. 

An angry Tag Romney (Taran Killam) was in the audience to back up his dad, standing up and saying, "Let me at him dad," with his fist up during the debate.

Meanwhile, superstar crooner Bruno Mars headlined the show, pulling double duty as a performer and first time host.

"I'm a little nervous," Mars said in his monologue. "I've never done comedy before. I have no acting experience at all. I've never even done a shampoo commercial before which is crazy."

Then, Mars did what he does best….he broke out into a song.

"Why am I hosting SNL tonight," the "Locked Out of Heaven" singer sang. "I might have bitten off more than I can chew….can I put aside my fears? Can I be like Timberlake?"

We might have to say a close second (in terms of musicians who've rocked the show).

Mars' lack of acting experience and nervousness didn't show as he took on a variety of characters throughout the evening, playing a butt-popping woman plagued with haters, a wacky wilderness lodge employee, and an overemotional man walking the streets of NYC in a mouse costume, among other roles.

In "Amusement Park," Hanks was back, along with Mars, playing creepy characters in a Halloween amusement park ride who were alive, unbeknownst to a couple of ride attendees. 

Mars went on to rock the stage, performing "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Young Wild Girls", with Hanks introducing him for his first song.

But, those weren't the only highlights in the episode. 

Taran Killam took on Brad Pitt's now infamous Chanel No. 5 commercial, spoofing the ad in four different skits.  "I'm sorry…is there really no script? Because I've been talking to myself for like two hours straight and I'm starting to sound insane," Killam said in one of the faux ads.

And Stefon was back on "Weekend Update" to tell viewers about the hottest spots in NYC for Halloween like Jelly Bones. 

"As you walk in you'll be handed a glass of champagne…or is it piss," he quipped.

So, tell us, what did you think about Mars' hosting stint? Did he rock or fall flat?

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