NBC’s news department came under fire this week for hosting a town hall event with President Trump on Thursday night, competing with 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” flashed the dueling events and took some satirical shots on the network for its role in the controversy.
This weekend, “SNL,” which hosted Issa Rae and featured musical guest Justin Bieber, began with a voice-over promising a rebroadcast of the two town halls, calling NBC̵
The sketch opened on Mikey Day as ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos, who explained that “the people asking questions are half pro-Biden and half anti-Trump.”
He introduced Jim Carrey in his recurring role as Biden, who took the stage in a pair of flying sunglasses and made his familiar fingerguns for the audience. Day asked him if he was ready to receive “softball questions from people who already vote for you.”
Meanwhile, on the NBC side of the parody, Kate McKinnon introduced herself as “surprisingly bad” Savannah Guthrie and said, “If you were angry at NBC for doing this town hall, let me just get a few questions in, and I think you “I thank you. ”
She welcomed Alec Baldwin as President Trump and told him, “We have a lot of voters waiting to ask questions, but I want to start by tearing you up a new one.”
In successive responses, Baldwin refused to distance himself from white supremacy (“I have always more or less condemned it,” he said), QAnon (“If anyone is against pedophiles, it is me, the man who was close personal friends with one of the most famous pedophiles on earth – rest in power, Jeffrey ”) the Aryan Brotherhood (“ They are very family friendly, that’s all I know ”) and the Ku Klux Klan (“ Your car breaks down you call Triple-K ”).
Asked about his recovery from coronavirus, Baldwin replied: “I had a slight fever. It was about 100. Celsius. But I did well. I never died, so never hell or the devil. He never showed me a list of my sins. I was just alive and strong the whole time. ”
Chloe Fineman played Paulette Dale, the audience that told President Trump that he had “a big smile,” and Ego Nwodim was cast as Mayra Joli, who nodded enthusiastically during many of the president’s responses.
It evoked Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris, who said, “This is the last place I want to be, but someone has to ask: What the hell is going on with that woman out there? Because I only nod so much when a waiter asks if I should have mimosas at brunch. ”
Over on the ABC debate, Carrey was shown wearing a Mr. Rogers sweater as he sang, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” to its audience.
Back at the NBC debate, McKinnon pretended to attack Baldwin with a chair in what had become a WWE-style WrestleMania match.
Finally, the candidates offered their final statements. Carrey said that if elected, he would only have one scandal: “I will fail Angela Merkel for my wife from behind and tell her she has a rockin ‘caboose,” he said.
Baldwin said to the audience, “Just ask America, are you not better off than you were four years ago?”
In response, a cartoon card of the United States shouted, “No!”
This week’s commercial parody
“All these protests and civil unrest,” says a tired Everyman played by Beck Bennett. “It simply came to our notice then. But how can I help when I do not even understand what some people are going through every day? I wish there was an easier way. ”
In a voice-over, Kenan Thompson tells him that there really is: a new supplement from the producers of 5-hour energy, called 5-hour empathy, that offers “five full hours of complete, intimate understanding of years of systemic oppression and still present racism. ”
“It’s amazing,” Bennett replies, sounding less than thrilled as he resists the voice-over’s repeated efforts to get him to 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 more?”) His wife, played by Heidi Gardner, makes her own excuses to avoid the product (” I do not need it, “she says,” because I’m a woman. So it’s the same “) before Bennett throws himself out a window.
Weekend update week jokes
Over at the Weekend Update counter, anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che continued to introduce themselves to President Trump’s recovery from the coronavirus and the rival City Hall debates that introduced him and Biden.
Jost began by saying:
This week, President Trump held several coronavirus donations across the country as part of his herd immunity tour. He started 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.”] Yes, nothing says I’m out of steroids like screaming “I feel so strong” like Sloth from “The Goonies.” Then a congressman literally surfed at a meeting in Georgia, I suppose the second wave of Covid. And yet, Trump somehow seems to think he could lose the election. Listen to this. [a video plays of Trump saying, “Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know.”] Hi, do not make promises that you do not intend to keep. Because no other country would accept you by the way, because you come from America, which has too many Covid cases. Although it would be very satisfying if all this ends up with Donald Trump becoming an illegal immigrant. And no matter what country gets Trump, I just want to apologize because we are not sending our best or our clearest.
NBC held a town hall event with President Trump, for what can I say? We have a type. [an image appears showing Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and President Trump] I’m starting to think you guys do not like anything. Who were these town halls even to? Who is still at the fence at this election? Whether you vote for Trump or Biden, you have certainly made up your mind and you are probably not thrilled about it. These choices are so bad that Kanye runs and people look like, maybe? It would not have happened if we actually had good candidates. When Kennedy ran against Nixon, no one was like, what about Little Richard?
Visits from Trump Kids of the Week
In a desktop segment on Weekend Update, Mikey Day and Alex Moffat played their first appearance of the season as Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Day, as Donald Trump Jr. told Jost, “I’ve been on the campaign trail and super-spread my dad’s message. And Eric had his very first Zoom business meeting today. Moffat, as Eric Trump proudly declared, “I was subdued.”
They were joined by Chloe Fineman, who played their half-sister, Tiffany Trump. “The media got it all because I was partying in Miami with a bunch of randos on a boat,” she said. “But I mean, I’m a stepchild named Tiffany. It’s a bit of my job to fade on South Beach. ”