Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joins the coveted Five-Timers Club with this week's episode of Saturday Night Live, putting him in the legendary company of previous Five-Timers recruits such as Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, and Tina Fey. The show's format seems tailor-made for Johnson's versatile appeal and has given devoted SNL viewers plenty to gigglishly tweet about in recent years.
Since we all apparently seem to enjoy hyperbolic distinctions such as "the best" and "the funniest" and "the most memorable" or whatever, we've decided to put together a brief (and by no means comprehensive) sampling of Johnson's best, funniest, most memorable, or whatever moments from his previous stints as reliable SNL host. Enjoy that below, or don't. Your call.
The Rock Obama throws detractors through a window.
Once you get past the intense sorrow brought on by Obama-era memories of happier times, Johnson's SNL appearances as The Rock Obama are oddly comforting. Remember when we had a president who wasn't so steeped in self-parody that it's almost impossible to exaggerate his already exaggerated series of fuckeries?
Bambi finally gets revenge.
A deer-human hybrid wearing an enviable vest? Check. Vin Diesel as Thumper? Check. Also, a butterfly lands on Bambi Rock's face. What more could you want?
Johnson and Cecily Strong fuck up a couple's dinner date.
Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer attempt to enjoy a nice dinner at a presumably nice restaurant. When Johnson and Cecily Strong show up, the dinner takes a far more compelling turn. Key line: "Hey, you guys ever heard of onion rings?"
Koko WatchOut and Trashyard Mutt partake in extreme WWE trash talk.
Goddamnit. I'm going to miss Bobby Moynihan.
A Hawaiian resort is gifted with the musical stylings of Johnson and Fred Armisen.
Hey, here's something we need: An R-rated romp starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Fred Armisen about two dudes who work at this exact resort.
On Friday, Johnson shared a 13-minute video featuring commentary on some of his favorite SNL sketches:
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson returns to SNL tonight with musical guest Katy Perry.