September 16, 2012 3:39pm PT by Jane Kellogg
SNL: First Show of the Season Premieres with Clint Eastwood and an Invisible Obama Parody (Video)
After a summer hiatus that sadly sent off Saturday Night Live alums Kristin Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott, Bill Hader returned to Studio 8H for the premiere of the 38th season of the live sketch comedy show. And while host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean were enough to draw in viewers, and new castmembers Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong piqued a few curious channel surfers, it was alumni Hader, when he reprised his role of Clint Eastwood, that drew some of the biggest laughs.
For those Americans who loved Eastwood's impromptu invisible Barack Obama speech last month at the Republican National Convention--or at least, loved to laugh at the ridiculousness of a respected Hollywood director seemingly going off script to the chagrin of the event's organizers--SNL had an announcement: "The comedy duo that rocked the Republican National Convention is taking their act on the road -- two full hours of high-waisted hijinks."
The premise for the tour is fairly simple: "Just American legend Clint Eastwood performing one half of a conversation with an invisible, irritated, and foul-mouthed Barack Obama." ("It's the show audiences are giving a sitting ovation.")
The highlights of the comedy show include the "middle 45 minutes when it was just the chair on stage, with Eastwood in the background eating an entire rotisserie chicken." The act also highlights a few of Eastwood's other invisible chair duets: President Jimmy Carter, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Governor Chris Christie (The SNL writers just couldn't resist squeezing in another Chris Christie fat joke: "I think we're gonna need a bigger chair.")
Watch the whole sketch below. Welcome back, Bill Hader! America's Saturday nights have been awfully un-funny without you.