âSaturday Night Liveâ also mocked NBC for its choice to schedule a town hall with President Trump opposite an ABC event featuring Joe Biden.
NBCâs news division came under fire this week for hosting a town hall event with President Trump on Thursday night that competed with a similar program that ABC had already scheduled with Joseph R. Biden Jr.
But the conflicting broadcasts generated some content for NBCâs entertainment side, where âSaturday Night Liveâ lampooned the dueling events and took some satirical shots at the network for its role in the controversy.
This weekendâs âS.N.L.â, which was hosted by Issa Rae and featured the musical guest Justin Bieber, began with a voice-over that promised a re-airing of the two town halls, calling NBCâs event âa thirst trap for President Trump.â Now, the voice-over said, the events would be presented as most viewers had originally watched them: âFlipping back and forth, trying to decide between a Hallmark movie and an alien autopsy.â
The sketch opened on Mikey Day as the ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos, who explained that in his town hall, âThe folks asking questions are half pro-Biden, and half anti-Trump.â
He introduced Jim Carrey in his recurring role as Biden, who took the stage in a pair of aviator sunglasses and making his familiar finger guns at the crowd. Day asked him if he was ready to receive âsoftball questions from folks who are already voting for you.â
Meanwhile, on the NBC side of the parody, Kate McKinnon introduced herself as âsurprise badassâ Savannah Guthrie and said, âIf you were angry at NBC for doing this town hall, just let me get a few questions in and I think youâll thank me.â
She welcomed Alec Baldwin as President Trump, telling him, âWe have lots of voters waiting to ask questions but Iâd like to start by tearing you a new one.â
In successive responses, Baldwin declined to distance himself from white supremacy (âIâve always more or less condemned it,â he said), QAnon (âIf anyoneâs against pedophiles, itâs me, the man who was close personal friends with one of the most famous pedophiles on earth â rest in power, Jeffreyâ) the Aryan Brotherhood (âTheyâre very pro-family, thatâs all I knowâ) and the Ku Klux Klan (âYour car breaks down, you call Triple-Kâ).
Asked about his recovery from coronavirus, Baldwin replied, âI had a small fever. It was around 100. Celsius. But I did great. I never died, never saw hell or the devil. He never showed me a list of my sins. I was just alive and strong the whole time.â
Chloe Fineman played Paulette Dale, the audience member who told President Trump that he had âa great smile,â and Ego Nwodim was cast as Mayra Joli, who nodded enthusiastically during many of the presidentâs responses.
That brought out Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris, who said, âThis is the last place I want to be, but somebody has to ask: What the hell is happening with that woman back there? Because I only nod that much when a waiter asks if Iâll be having mimosas at brunch.â
Over at the ABC debate, Carrey was shown putting on a Mr. Rogers sweater while singing, âWonât You Be My Neighbor?â to his audience.
Back at the NBC debate, McKinnon was pretending to attack Baldwin with a chair in what had become a WWE-style WrestleMania match.
Finally, the candidates offered their closing statements. Carrey said that, if elected, he would have only one scandal: âI will mistake Angela Merkel for my wife from behind and tell her sheâs got a rockinâ caboose,â he said.
Baldwin said to the audience, âJust ask yourselves America, arenât you better off than you were four years ago?â
âAll these protests and civil unrest,â says a weary Everyman played by Beck Bennett. âItâs clear that people are hurting. But how can I help when I donât even understand what some people go through every day? I wish there were an easier way.â
In a voice-over, Kenan Thompson tells him that, in fact, there is: a new supplement, from the makers of 5-hour Energy, called 5-hour Empathy, that offers âfive full hours of complete, intimate understanding of years of systemic oppression and ever-present racism.â
âThatâs great,â Bennett replies, sounding less than enthusiastic as he resists the voice-overâs repeated efforts to get him to actually use the formula. (âCâmon, man, Iâm not a racist,â he protests at one point. âIâm voting for Biden, what more do you want?â) His wife, played by Heidi Gardner, offers her own excuses for avoiding the product (âI donât need that,â she says, ââCause Iâm a woman. So itâs the sameâ) before Bennett hurls himself out a window.
Over at the Weekend Update desk, the anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che continued to riff on President Trumpâs recovery from the coronavirus and the competing town hall debates that featured him and Biden.
This week, President Trump held more coronavirus giveaways across the country as part of his herd immunity tour. He started in Florida and showed off how healthy his brain is by saying this. [a video plays of Trump saying, âThey say Iâm immune. I feel so powerful.â] Yeah, nothing says Iâm off steroids like screaming âI feel so powerfulâ like Sloth from âThe Goonies.â Then at a rally in Georgia, a congressman literally crowd surfed, I guess on the second wave of Covid. And yet somehow Trump seems to think he could lose the election. Listen to this. [a video plays of Trump saying, âMaybe Iâll have to leave the country, I donât know.â] Hey, donât make promises you donât intend to keep. Because, by the way, no other country would accept you, because you come from America, which has way too many Covid cases. Though it would be very satisfying if this all ends with Donald Trump becoming an illegal immigrant. And to whatever country gets Trump, I just want to apologize, because weâre not sending our best or our brightest.
NBC held a town hall event with President Trump because, what can I say? We have a type. [an image appears showing Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and President Trump] Iâm starting to think you guys donât like anything. Who were these town halls even for? Whoâs still on the fence about this election? Whether youâre voting for Trump or Biden, youâve definitely made up your mind and youâre probably not thrilled about it. These choices are so bad that Kanyeâs running and people are like, Maybe? That wouldnât have happened if we had actually good candidates. When Kennedy was running against Nixon, nobody was like, what about Little Richard?
In a desk-side segment on Weekend Update, Mikey Day and Alex Moffat made their first appearances of the season as Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Day, as Donald Trump Jr., said to Jost, âIâve been out on the campaign trail, super-spreading my fatherâs message. And Eric had his very first Zoom business meeting today.â Moffat, as Eric Trump, proudly declared, âI was muted.â
They were joined by Chloe Fineman, who played their half sister, Tiffany Trump. âThe media got all butthurt âcause I was partying maskless in Miami with a bunch of randos on a boat,â she said. âBut I mean, Iâm a stepchild named Tiffany. Itâs kind of my job to get faded on South Beach.â
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