‘SNL': Will Ferrell Plays Nihilistic Flight Attendant Who Depresses Everyone During Safety Brief (Video)

Farrell’s character simply could not keep his views about the afterlife (and the lack of it) to himself

Last Updated: January 28, 2018 @ 7:14 PM

This week’s “SNL” host Will Ferrell couldn’t help but broadcast a depressing message that there’s no God and death really is the end of things in a sketch about flight attendants rapping a safety message before a flight.

Ferrell, along with “SNL” cast members Aidy Bryant and Chris Redd, played flight attendants delivering the pre-flight safety message in a novel way, only for Ferrell’s character to deviate from the script in a way that shocked the passengers and his co-workers alike. You can view the full sketch above.

“Fasten your seat belts and pull ‘em tight, and don’t unbuckle if you see that light,” Redd sang.

“Be sure to stay seated or you’ll bump your head,” Bryant continued.

“And God’s not real, when you die you’re dead,” Ferrell, playing a character named Gareth, finished.

“They deserve to know,” Ferrell said in defense when Redd and Bryant demanded to know why he ruined their perfectly benign safety rap.

Redd and Bryant tried to continue the rap as if nothing weird had happened but, of course, Ferrell kept diverting the subject back to how this life is all there is and there’s no afterlife to look forward to.

“We are alone in the cosmos, and Gareth will rap as he pleases,” Farrell said. And yet Redd and Bryant kept going in a vain hope that Gareth would act normal at some point.

Redd: “If you happen to be seated in the exit row, there’s a couple of things we think you should know.”

Bryant: “Your closest exit may be to the back.”

Ferrell: “And the afterlife is just a void of black.”

After several similar refrains, one of the passengers (played by Leslie Jones) bought into Ferrell’s nihilistic shtick and began asking for more info. Eventually, the flight crew had enough and an air marshal (Kyle Mooney) tried to escort him to a seat to calm him down.

“Wow, sick the thought police on me, Adolph. Real nice. Everyone here should read ‘1984.’ It’s as relevant now as forever,” Farrell said as he was led away.