Martin Freeman’s Best SNL Bits
After a brief hiatus, Saturday Night Live return this past week with a first time guest Martin Freeman from The Hobbit, Fargo and Sherlock. While not the most famous person they’ve had on recently, Freeman easily and calmly held his own and basically guaranteed that he’ll be called back for more guest-host duties in the coming years. For now, though, here are his best sketches.
#1 “Hobbit Office” Martin Freeman was a main cast member on The Office (the original one on the BBC). His character would eventually be remodeled and altered and turned into Jim on the American version, but that’s beside the point. We figured that Freeman’s work would be parodied, but going all the way back to The Office was a surprise. Quick synopsis, “After saving Middle-earth, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Bobby Moynihan), Gollum (Taran Killam), Legolas (Kyle Mooney) and Tauriel (Kate McKinnon) take up office jobs.”
#2 “Holiday Gig” is an obvious Christmas tie in that serves next to no purpose; I don’t know what the point of the skit was, and I don’t think the writers did either. Regardless it’s funny as it is bizarre.
#3 “Sump’n Claus” has Kenan Thompson playing Santa for naughty people. Most of the SNL cast along with Freeman make cameos here, though Vanessa Bayer‘s character Sheila stole the show.
#4 “The Monologue” Freeman comes on to the SNL stage and immediately makes it his own. He even introduces himself to those unfamiliar with him as “the funny George Clooney.”
#5 “Santa Traps” Though filmed, this sketch was cut from the broadcast due to time constraints, though when you think about the terrible cold opening, you can’t help but wonder why this sketch was the one that was cut. In “Santa Traps,” Freeman plays the very creepy Michael Braslow who sells bear traps but calls them Santa Traps for holidays sales.