NBC’s news division came under fire this week for hosting a town hall event with President Trump on Thursday night that rivaled a similar program that ABC had already planned with Joseph R. Biden Jr.
But the conflicting broadcasts generated some content for NBC’s entertainment site, where Saturday Night Live mocked the dueling events and made some satirical recordings on the network for its role in the controversy.
This weekend’s “SNL”, which was hosted by Issa Rae and introduced musical guest Justin Bieber, began with a voiceover that promised a new broadcast of the two town halls and described NBC̵
The sketch opened on Mikey Day as ABC presenter George Stephanopoulos, who declared in his town hall, “The people who ask questions are half pro-Biden and half anti-Trump.”
He introduced Jim Carrey in his recurring role as Biden, who took the stage wearing aviator glasses and pointed his familiar finger pistols at the crowd. Day asked him if he was willing to “receive softball questions from people who already vote for you”.
Meanwhile, on the NBC page of the parody, Kate McKinnon introduced herself as “surprise badass” Savannah Guthrie and said, “If you were mad at NBC for doing this town hall, just let me ask a few questions and I’ll think , You I thank me. “
She welcomed Alec Baldwin as President Trump and said to him, “We have many voters waiting to ask questions, but I want to start by ripping you a new one.”
In successive replies, Baldwin refused to distance himself from white supremacy (“I’ve always more or less condemned it,” he said), QAnon (“If someone is against pedophiles, it’s me, the man, the close personal Friends with one of them was The World’s Most Famous Pedophile – Rest in Power, Jeffrey ”), the Aryan Brotherhood (“ They’re very family friendly, that’s all I know ”) and the Ku Klux Klan (“ Your car is broken, you call Triple-K “”).
When asked about his recovery from the coronavirus, Baldwin replied, “I had a small fever. It was about 100 degrees 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 all along. “
Chloe Fineman played Paulette Dale, the audience that told President Trump he had “a great smile,” and Ego Nwodim was cast as Mayra Joli, who nodded enthusiastically during many of the president’s responses.
That’s what Maya Rudolph brought out as Senator Kamala Harris, who said, “This is the last place I want to be, but someone has to ask, what the hell is happening to that woman back there? Because I only nod so much when a waiter asks if I’ll have mimosa for brunch. “
At the ABC Debate, Carrey was shown putting on a Mr. Rogers sweater while singing, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” to his audience.
Back in the NBC debate, McKinnon pretended to attack Baldwin with a chair in a WWE-style WrestleMania match.
Finally, the candidates offered their closing statements. Carrey said that he would have only one scandal if he was elected: “I’m going to confuse Angela Merkel with my wife from behind and tell her that she has a rocky galley,” he said.
Baldwin said to the audience: “Just ask yourself America, are you not better off than four years ago?”
In response, a comic map of the United States called out, “No!”
Commercial spoof of the week
“All this protests and riots,” says a tired Jedermann played by Beck Bennett. “It is clear that people are hurt. But how can I help if I don’t even understand what some people go through every day? I wish there was an easier way. “
In a voice-over, Kenan Thompson tells him that there really is: a new addition to the makers of 5 Hour Energy called 5 Hour Empathy that offers “five full hours of complete, intimate understanding of years of systemic oppression and the ubiquitous racism. “
“That’s great,” Bennett replies, sounding less than enthusiastic as he defies the voice-over’s repeated efforts to get him to actually use the formula. (“Come on, man, I’m not a racist”, he protests at one point. “I vote for Biden, what more do you want?”) His wife, played by Heidi Gardner, offers her own excuses to avoid the product (“I don’t need to,” she says, “because I’m a woman. So it’s the same”) before Bennett throws himself out the window.
Weekend Update Jokes of the Week
Over at the Weekend Update Desk, anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che continued rifling over President Trump’s recovery from the coronavirus and the competing town hall debates in which he and Biden appeared.
Jost began with the words:
This week, President Trump hosted more coronavirus freebies across the country as part of his herd immunity tour. He started out in Florida and showed how healthy his brain is by saying this. [a video plays of Trump saying, “They say I’m immune. I feel so powerful.”] Yeah, nothing says I’m out of steroids other than yelling “I feel so powerful” like sloth from “The Goonies”. Then, at a rally in Georgia, a congressman literally surfed the crowd, guess the second wave of Covid. Yet somehow Trump seems to think he might lose the election. Hear this. [a video plays of Trump saying, “Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know.”] Hey, don’t make promises that you don’t want to keep. By the way, no other country would accept you because you come from America, where there are far too many Covid cases. However, it would be very satisfying if this all ended up with Donald Trump becoming an illegal immigrant. And whatever country Trump comes to, I just want to apologize for not broadcasting our best or our smartest.
What went on:
NBC hosted a town hall event with President Trump, because what can I say? We have a guy. [an image appears showing Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and President Trump] I’m starting to think that you don’t like anything. Who were these town halls for anyway? Who is still on the fence because of this election? Whether you are voting for Trump or Biden, you’ve definitely made your decision and are probably not excited about it. These decisions are so bad that Kanye runs and people say, maybe? That wouldn’t have happened if we had really good candidates. When Kennedy ran against Nixon, no one was like, what about Little Richard?
Visit from the Trump Children of the Week
Mikey Day and Alex Moffat first appeared this season as Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump over the weekend. Day said, as Donald Trump Jr. said to Jost, “I went on the campaign and spread my father’s message very much. And Eric had his first Zoom business meeting today. “Moffat explained how Eric Trump proudly declared,” I was muted. “
They were joined by Chloe Fineman, who played her half-sister Tiffany Trump. “The media all have problems because I was partying maskless with a few randos on a boat in Miami,” she said. “But I mean, I’m a stepchild named Tiffany. It’s my job to be faded on South Beach “