“Saturday Night Live” returned with its second batch of all-new episodes on Nov. 6 and once again, COVID-19 was the hot topic for the cold open sketch. This time, the NBC late night sketch comedy series parodied Aaron Rodgers’ controversial comments about vaccines and included James Austin Johnson’s impressions of Donald Trump.
Played Pete Davidson , This fictional Rodgers appeared on “Justice with Jeanine Pirro,” with Cecily Strength reprising her beloved role of Pirro. He joined her remotely for a discussion about how the “woke mob” is now after him.
“It is my body and my COVID. He tried to argue. He also stated that he never lied about his status. He said that he got all his teammates together in a huddle and “got their faces three inches away from my wet mouth and said, ‘Trust us, I’m more/less immunized. Go team. ‘”
“People are free to talk as much as they like,” he said, “but at end of the day my record is still seven-and-one.” Hence, seven of the eight people I have infected are fine .”
This wasn’t the only weekly news that “SNL” wanted openly to mock. Alex Moffat, Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, was the second guest. He said that his win in Virginia showed how concerned voters are about education, but that most of his voters weren’t college graduates. Strong’s Pirro asked Moffat what critical race theory was. He said it was what got him elected but that it wasn’t important .”
He instead voted to allow one his supporters to speak on “dangerous material should be banned”. This woman was played Heidi Gardner. She said that she was a big fan Pirro’s judging, but was against Toni Morrison’s “Beloved .”
“I put down my copy of ’50 Shades’ and said, ‘No. Toni? She said, “Not my America.” She then listed a few more books she believes should be banned, including Louis Sachar’s “Holes” because they “sound sexual” and Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” because “prejudice can be fine, but pride has been co-opted” by the gays by some Lady Gaga-themed nudity march
“Moby Dick” she said, “Toss up”, because the “title is dirt, love that the whale’s white .”
Having Youngkin on the show allowed for a segue to the return of Trump, now played in part by Johnson. Trump wanted to claim credit for Youngkin’s election.
” “It’s great being here, Judge Judy, it’s great winning again,” he said.
Johnson asked Trump for advice. He said that he has given a lot of it over the years. He said that he told George Lucas that the lasers were not enough. “And look at what they’re doing with ‘Dune.’ … I see a lot of possibility with ‘Dune’ — two, three, four, 15 movies. I see a lot with Virginia .”
Kieran Culkin was the episode host, while Ed Sheeran was the musical guest.
While this episode marked Culkin’s “SNL” hosting debut, he did appear on the late-night sketch show before — almost exactly 30 years ago when his brother, Macaulay Culkin, hosted on Nov. 23, 1991. The flashback sketch featured Rob Schneider’s Richmeister character, which the brothers had previously starred in together in “Home Alone” last year. Macaulay, the older Culkin, was the younger Richmeister, while Kieran was the classmate who was the victim of his incessant nicknaming. The official “SNL” Twitter account shared a clip from this sketch earlier in the day, but when Culkin took the stage at Studio 8H for his monologue, he reflected further on that experience, showing the clip of him on stage for the goodnight moment in the 1991 episode when he asked Kevin Nealon to lift him up since his brother was riding on cast members’ shoulders victoriously. Nealon obliged. Culkin recreated his hamming on-air during his own intro in this episode.
Culkin also used his monologue time to reflect briefly on the success of his HBO drama “Succession,” for which he was Emmy-nominated in 2020. He said that Roman Roy is a role that is very special to him. It’s like telling Rudy Giuliani that he is the perfect role.
Later in the episode, Ego Nwodim brought back her beloved “Dionne Warwick Talk Show,” which featured Chloe Fineman as Miley Cyrus, Davidson as Post Malone, Culkin as Jason Mraz and Sheeran as himself. It also allowed the legendary singer from real life to appear as herself.
Nwodim, Warwick, sat down with her to answer tough questions such as “Why aren’t you perfect?” and “Would you like to sing a song?” Both women were dressed in sequins and held hand mics. They sang a few bars of “What the World Wants Now is Love .”
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