Saturday Night Live resumed the 2020 presidential election this week by mocking the vice-presidential debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice-President Mike Pence on Wednesday.
As with the real-life debate, it was the fly that landed on Pence’s head that spent most of the screen time on the cold, open Saturday. The show re-engaged Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden when he decides to teleport to the debate to “save the soul of this nation”.
From there, the sketch turned into a parody of the 1986 film The Fly. Carrey’s Biden comes up in fly form to mock Pence after stepping into an experimental teleporter, as in the film. Not only did the sketch transform into a fly, but it parodied the film even further with Carrey̵
“God created dinosaurs, dinosaurs became Republicans, Republicans created Trump, Trump destroyed God,” he said, loosely quoting Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park.
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Shortly afterwards, a second fly from Kenan Thompson landed on Pence’s head and declared himself the late Herman Cain. Cain died in July, aged 74, after being hospitalized for the coronavirus.
“Those fools – Trump and Pence – killed me, man,” he said. “You invited me to a rally and said everything was fine, Herman. I’m catching corona, Trump says to me: “Everything is fine, Herman.” The White House doctors check me out and say, “Everything is fine, Herman.” I’m gone three days later. When you see this at home, don’t trust that white devil because of that ‘Rona.’
At the beginning of the sketch, Pence, played by actor Beck Bennett, traded barbs with Harris, played by former actress Maya Rudolph, who took the stage while gleefully spraying two cans of Lysol.
The sketch shed light on President Trump’s recent diagnosis of COVID-19, with Kate McKinnon’s Kate Page finding that Plexiglas barriers were put on stage because “one of them is working for Patient Zero”.
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She once asked about Trump’s health, to which Bennett’s Pence replied, “The President is doing amazingly. Thanks to his team of scared doctors. As told by his family doctor, Dr. Handsome Liar, having heard, Trump is in excellent physical shape. ”
He added that he takes almost no medication other than aspiration, which he always took. He then said that Trump also happened to be on “a macho man Randy Savage amount of steroids that had a woman’s probiotic for balance and 60 CCs of helium in his skull so his head wouldn’t fall over on TV. … He also takes Viagra for morale and some horny horny goat weed he bought at a gas station because the President believes in medicine, unlike Senator Harris who said she wouldn’t even take a vaccine. “
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The sketch ended with Harris pretending to hit the two flies behind their barrier on Pence’s head.