The final episode of “Saturday Night Live” for the tumultuous year that was 2020 began with both the Hot Topic of the Day and the Hot Topic of the Month: who would reprise the role of President-elect Joe Biden’s late night series. comedy skits and the COVID-19 vaccine, respectively.
The episode aired just hours after Jim Carrey announced that his stint as Biden would only last six weeks, and therefore would not continue for the remainder of the 46th season of the ending comedy series. NBC party. After much speculation on social media throughout the day, ‘SNL’ cast member Alex Moffat took on the politician, appearing in the cold-open December 19 sketch alongside Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence, Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani, Kenan Thompson as Dr Ben Carson and guest star Maya Rudolph as Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.
The sketch began with Bennett’s Pence receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m sure all Americans are happy to see me, the guy who let COVID spread everywhere, get one of the vaccines,” he said.
He then assured the public watching from his home that the vaccine was “completely safe and harmless,” which is why “Trump refuses to take it or talk about it.” Instead, he sent his No.2 to be his “human shield,” Mikey Day as the doctor who would administer the vaccine stepped in.
Bennett’s Pence started pulling his pants down, saying, “Okay, if you’re a doctor you can come in”, but Day corrected him to say it was “just a shot in your arm.” At a time when COVID cases continue to climb, the sketch has served more as an educational tool for those not yet informed or wary of the vaccine than as a parody.
When Rudolph’s Harris arrived, right after the vaccine was administered, Bennett’s Pence asked her how she “even got into the White House,” to which she replied, “I won more votes.” then slapped him when he said she and President- Elect Joe Biden would only be “here soon if the election results hold up.”
“Trump made me do it,” he continued.
McKinnon’s Giuliani showed up because he “heard they were giving out free medicine,” while Thompson’s Carson asked what he needed to do now, as well as his very job so he could “put it on.” my CV”.
Moffat’s Biden came in with a boot to signify his recent injury, obtained while playing with his dog, but quickly did a somersault to prove he was doing just fine.
“You look different in a way,” said Bennett’s Pence, referring to the redesign.
“I’m like Colonel Sanders: every time you see me I’m a different guy,” Moffat’s Biden replied. “Chances are, the next time you see me, I’ll be Mario Lopez.”
He was also ready to get the shot, because Harris was worried about him. “I’m worried about you, Joe, especially because you’re already in a casting on day minus 40 at the office,” she explained.
“I just want to let the American people know one thing,” he said. “You’re about to have a real leader again, and you’re going to have the most diverse cabinet in the history of American politics.
“And I’ll make sure Joe never specifies what he means by ‘diverse’,” Rudolph’s Harris added.
Moffat now joins the ranks of Kevin Nealon, Jason Sudeikis, Woody Harrelson, John Mulaney and, of course, Carrey in Biden’s list of “SNL” impressionists.
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