The sketch show kicked off the weekend’s program with “flipping” back and forth between ABC’s town hall with the vibe of a “poorly attended college lecture” hosted by Mikey Day’s George Stephanopoulos, featuring the return of Jim Carrey’s former vice president Joe Biden, who Day dubbed a “future oatmeal spokesman.”
But, as in real life, the excitement began when “SNL” flipped over to Kate McKinnon as “surprise bad-ass” Savannah Guthrie, or “Serengeti” as Alec Baldwin’s President Donald Trump called her.
“If you were angry at NBC for doing this town hall, just let me get a few questions in, and I think you’ll thank me,” said McKinnon’s Guthrie.
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“I’d like to start by tearing you a new one,” she said before asking about white supremacy and criticizing his Twitter habits: “You’re not just someone’s crazy uncle.”
It became too much for Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris when a zealous Black Trump supporter, shown over his shoulder, kept nodding enthusiastically and, at one point, got out of her seat and began dancing.
Rudolph’s Harris said: “Somebody has to ask: what the hell is happening with that woman back there? ‘Cause I only nod that much when a waiter asks if I’ll be having mimosas at brunch.” She felt it was some “Jordan Peele-nonsense.”
Meanwhile, Carrey’s Biden soothed a small audience while putting on a cardigan and singing, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” And later Carrey’s Biden adopted a Bob Ross persona, with paintbrush and all.
Over on NBC, it was “WrestleMania,” where McKinnon’s Guthrie hit Baldwin’s Trump with a folding chair.
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