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Tom Hanks Makes Surprise Return to ‘SNL’ with David Pumpkins Sketch


Forrest Gump. Captain Phillips. David S. Pumpkins: Who’s to say which Tom Hanks performance is more iconic than the next one? But only one has caused a shortage of Halloween costumes.

Yep, get your guns out because everyone’s favorite pumpkin costume made a comeback on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend six years after its debut.

In the hilarious skit, host and musical guest, rapper Jack Harlow, rides what is billed as “the scariest ride” at a local amusement park with actors Ego Nwodim and Andrew Dismukes.

After appearances from horror legends (Michael Myers, Annabelle and Pennywise, oh my!), David S. Pumpkins pops up for more fun than trick. And, of course, he was reunited with his trusty skeleton dancers, once again played by former cast members Bobby Moynihan and Mikey Day, who co-created the character.

“I’m David Pumpkins, and I’m going to scare you! Hanks, dressed in his signature ensemble, announces to the group before delivering his catchphrase, “Any questions?”

His presence remains more alluring than ever to amusement park junkies trying to figure out exactly what his “market” is and what movie he’s from. Apparently he’s from Ibiza, which of course begs more questions.

“David Pumpkins is…?” asks the band, prompting Hanks to simply offer, “Take it one day at a time!”

Pumpkins continue to appear throughout the ride to steal the thunder from its much spookier counterparts, leaving riders disappointed with the thrills. But eventually, the group gets the promised scare, as Pumpkins suddenly appears behind them at the end of the skit.

The character was first introduced to the public when Hanks hosted “SNL” in October 2016. The skit quickly went viral and developed a cult following, leading retailers across the country to sell his signature costume.

Hanks made a brief comeback the following year in a rap parody sketch before leading his own animated show, “The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special.”

Hanks also appeared in a second cameo over the weekend in a skit titled “AA Meeting,” where Harlow pitches “the perfect idea for a Pixar movie” to his fellow band members.

As they brainstorm character ideas, they decide the potential movie needs someone to play “our man, our Woody.” Enter Hanks, who is, of course, more than qualified.

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