SNL takes on unending election coverage, Biden victory and Trump misery in cold open
'I know I'm supposed to be a neutral news anchor, but god damn it, that feels good! Wolf Blitzer, portrayed by Beck Bennett on Saturday Night Live, says after the presidential election is finally called
NBC’s Saturday Night Live made timely commentary on the election of Joe Biden hours after the race was called for the former vice president.
During the cold open of Saturday night’s episode, the long-running sketch comedy show poked fun at the unending election coverage after the presidential race was finally called four days after Election Day.
“Welcome back to what has become election week in America,” said Wolf Blitzer, the mellow CNN anchor who was portrayed in the skit by Beck Bennett. “I’ve been awake so long that my weak, stubbly beard finally makes sense.”
After announcing news that Biden had defeated President Donald Trump, Blitzer put down his impartiality to express hilarious happiness.
“I know I’m supposed to be a neutral news anchor, but god damn it, that feels good!” he exclaimed.
The sketch then moved to acceptance speeches from Biden and Kamala Harris, who were once again played by comedian Jim Carrey and former SNL cast member Maya Rudolph.
Biden said: “Can you believe it? I actually kinda can’t. It’s been a long time since something good happened,” which was met with laughter.
“I’ve never felt so alive, which is ironic since I’m not that alive,” Carrey said, poking fun at Biden being the oldest person at 77 to be elected president.
In Rudolph’s take on Harris, the actress talked about how her win as vice president is a long checklist of first being the first woman, Black, Indian American and bi-racial person to be elected to the high office.
“Between us, we check more boxes than a disqualified ballot,” she quipped.
Alec Baldwin returned as Trump, refusing to concede, but things took a funny turn when he went to the piano to play a somber version of The Village People’s “Macho Man.” The song has been a fan favorite at Trump campaign rallies this year.
Carrey briefly broke character at the podium, evoking his iconic Ace Ventura character saying: “Unfortunately, there are situations in life, and this is one of them, where there must be a winner and … a looooooooooooooser. Lo-Woo-Se-Her!”
A thunderous ovation ensued.
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