‘SNL’ Recap: Christoph Waltz Loves Fred Armisen…In Drag (VIDEOS)
In his opening monologue, Waltz addressed a common misconception about Austrians and Germans.
“I’ve wanted to host for a long time but they always said to me, why you? You don’t have a sense of humor. You’re a serious German actor. First of all, I’m not German. I’m Austrian. And Austrians have a wonderful sense of humor. Germans not so much,” he said.
“I found out I’m the first German speaking host in the history of the show. So naturally I was prepared to do some intelligent and humorous observations about where I come from . . . but people’s ideas of Austria are so cliché.”
Enter SNL regulars Kate McKinnon and Bobby Moynihan in typical Austrian costume and accent, followed by Taran Killam’s version of “casual Hitler.”
After dismissing the clichés, Waltz proceeded to show off his singing chops in a song that roughly translated to “Smile, Damn You Smile.”
The 56-year-old actor took part in two pre-recorded sketches, one in which he played a pope looking into retirement options.
“You’ve worked hard your entire life, you’ve tried to make sound decisions. What will you do when you retire? What will you do after you’re pope?” Jason Sudeikis says in a voiceover for a “Papal Securities” commercial.