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Ryan Gosling’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit About Papyrus Had Even the Font’s Creator Laughing

If you watched SNL last weekend, you saw La La Land star Ryan Gosling hosting the Season 43 premiere. What a blessing that was, honestly. As per usual, he appeared in most of the skits, but there’s one in particular that has everyone laughing: Papyrus. The skit, which has gone viral since it aired, shows Gosling losing his mind over the use of the Microsoft Word font Papyrus in the Avatar movie logo. Just about everyone has seen it—even the Papyrus creator himself.

“I woke up this morning Sunday and my email was full,” Papyrus creator Chris Costello said. “I had a lot of people telling me, ‘Did you see this Saturday Night Live thing?’ I took a look at it and me and my wife were cracking up, I mean we couldn’t stop laughing. It was one of the best things I’ve seen.”

Costello may have gotten a laugh over the sketch, but he still wholeheartedly believes in the design. “It was not my intent to be used for everything—it’s way overused,” he said. “I’m a graphic designer as well, I’m an illustrator…I believe it’s a well-designed font, it’s well-thought out.”

Since it was created, the font has been everywhere. I know I used it as a kid to give the things I wrote some style. Costello made the font at age 23 by just sketching it out—it’s amazing how far the font has come to be on Saturday Night Live. Much like Gosling, I forgot about it for years. 

The distraught character Ryan plays may think otherwise, but no matter what, Papyrus will only make me laugh from now on. 

Abbey is a senior at the University of Wyoming and is currently majoring in Journalism. She couldn't imagine a world without Jesus, coffee, The 1975, Twitter or her family. You'll usually find her at a concert or cafe somewhere, which is where she spends majority of her free-time. Talking to band members after their shows is a hobby, along with thrifting & indulging in all aspects of pop culture. After college, she plans to spend more time at concerts, getting paid to write about music and bands.
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