BY KATE ERBLAND | December 14, 2014
Best known to American audiences as the star of Peter Jackson's Hobbit franchise and as "hey, that one guy!" from Love Actually, British actor Martin Freeman definitely had something to prove on last night's Saturday Night Live – mainly, of course, that he's funny. Freeman's background in comedy might not come across while he's traipsing around Middle-earth, but there was no arguing with his comedic chops once he took the stage for a funny and exceedingly well-timed monologue. If Freeman had the first-time jitters, they weren't apparent here, and the newbie host effectively introduced himself and his style with ease and amusement.
That ease translated to a mostly well-run show that offered up a wide variety of jokes and sketches, sprinkled liberally with holiday cheer and a dash of wacky weirdness. Freeman easily fit in with the rest of the cast, and though he never got showy or over-the-top or exceedingly "host-y," his presence was a solid and consistent one. Freeman will definitely have to return for more shows and, if he continues to show the kind of skill and comfort he exhibited last night, we just might be on our way to a new classic SNL host. Save him a space in the Five-Timers Club, Timberlake.
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