NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” returned for its 46th season with comedian Jim Carrey playing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Alec Baldwin returning as President Donald Trump, and a tone that suggested the rush of recent events were even too much for the writers to process.
Those events included that debacle of a presidential debate, Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy, and Trump being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
The opening skit skewered Tuesday’s debate “even though Tuesday seems like 100 days ago,” a voiceover aptly described. “It was pretty fun to watch, as long as you don’t live in America.”
Baldwin’s Trump, much like Trump, interrupted at every opportunity.
“The China virus has been very mean to me, being a hoax. That statement is something that will probably come back to haunt me later this week,” he said.
Carrey’s Biden was a secret rage-a-holic who worried about letting out his inner Whitey Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster.
“Just stand here and look lucid,” he said.
Emmy winner Maya Rudolph returned as Kamala Harris to shush the men and to say she’s ready to be the HVPIC – “hot vice president in charge.”
Biden finally shut Trump up – by hitting the pause button on a TV remote, freezing him in place, “just not to hear his voice for a goddamn second.”
Biden’s new campaign slogan?
“Make America Not Actively on Fire Again.”
Not exactly catchy, but the sentiment matters.
Watch for yourself:
Host Chris Rock played to an audience of masked first responders and praised the studio’s rigorous COVID testing.
“I haven’t had so much stuff up my nose since I shared a dressing room with Chris Farley,” he joked.
Musical guest Megan Thee Stallion dropped the night’s most pointed political commentary, appropriately enough, during her performance of “Savage.”
Against a swirling backdrop that read “Protect Black Women,” she called out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of the murder of EMT Breonna Taylor in her own home.
“Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout Negroes that sold our people into slavery,” she said. “…We need to protect our Black women, ’cause at the end of the day we need our Black women.”
“Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che still find their jokes hilarious. Che stated he didn’t want the president to die. “Actually, I wish him a lengthy recovery.”
Kate McKinnon sat in the audience, dressed as late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The camera faded to a simple black-and-white photo: “Rest in Power.”
There were skits parodying the new Drew Barrymore show, an NBA draft for girlfriends, wives, and mistresses, and a pun-tastic bit on a Pittsburgh name-change office looking for such unfortunate people as “Mike Redick” and “Moe Lister Jr.”
Ultimately, in its return, “Saturday Night Live” truly did capture the mood of the nation: uncertain, not knowing whether we can really laugh at the news and not sure where this country is going.