Marine Corps veteran Adam Driver is having a huge year.
He's nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the divorce trauma/horror movie "Marriage Story." He's even better in the based-on-real-life Iraq War investigation thriller "The Report." He even manages to look good as Kylo Ren in the Star Wars trainwreck "The Rise of Skywalker."
"Saturday Night Live" kicked off 2020 by inviting Adam back to host the show for a third time. He said yes and, as usual, he was game for whatever they threw at him.
During his opening monologue, Driver tried (and failed) to convince everyone that, despite his intense reputation, he's really just a chill and laid-back guy. He shared a few things about himself and told a story about his Marine Corps service.
The clip above is supposed to start at 4:05 so you can go straight to the joke, but then it's worth starting over and watching the entire thing.
During Weekend Update, Michael Che shared a story about the Navy's plan to name an aircraft carrier after Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller without ever mentioning the sailor by name.
The joke comes at 0:15 into the segment and should be cued up above.
OK, to be honest, that's pretty much all the military humor from this week's episode, but the USMC's finest actor since Gene Hackman had a good show otherwise.
He's fearlessly goofy in one of those weird SNL sketches about a failed wedding between condiment bottles.
And he once again delivers as Kylo Ren in a sequel to the 2016 sketch about the Supreme Leader of the First Order's guest appearance on "Undercover Boss."
Driver's enthusiasm for whatever nonsense the writers throw at him and his talent for selling even the dumbest ideas makes him one of those rare performers who's guaranteed to make the show's Five Timers Club for repeat hosts.
Good work, sir. We'll see you next time.