SNL spoofed Al Sharpton's MSNBC Politics Nation and their coverage of the Eric Garner case (Screen capture NBC)

SNL spoofed Al Sharpton's MSNBC Politics Nation and their coverage of the Eric Garner case (Screen capture NBC)

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Saturday Night Live opened up their show last night with a spoof of Rev. Al Sharpton and his coverage of the Eric Garner grand jury decision on his MSNBC show Politics Nation. SNL cast member Kenan Thompson reprised his teleprompter-stumbling impersonation of the civil rights leader turned cable news host.

“Now what happened in Ferguson has come to New York; this Eric Garner decision has upset me so much that in three days I have gained over 100 lbs,” Thompson said mimicking Sharpton’s raspy voice. The sketch included the usual mishaps with the prompter.

“But not everyone agrees that our country has a twotter… excuse me, a two-tiered justice system.”

The skit also features Sharpton abruptly cutting off a guest, played by cast-mate Jay Pharoah, and then having a comical exchange with another SNL cast member, Bobby Moynihan, who plays a “deputy spokesman for the Patrolmen’s Benevolence Association on Staten Island.”

During the routine, Sharpton asked the spokesman, “What evidence does the jury need; they got the whole thing on video?” His guest responds, “But it’s not in HD. In New York law, if you’re gonna record a police infraction on video, it must be 1080p resolution.”

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