10:14pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
How 'SNL' Addressed the Midterm Elections
From the top, the latest installment of NBC's Saturday Night Live — hosted by Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber and featuring musical guest Lil Wayne — dove into the results of the midterm elections earlier in the week.
At the end of his opening monologue to Saturday's show, Schreiber noted that a record number — over 100 million Americans — voted in the 2018 midterm elections: "What that number says to me is that we showed up. We showed up because we care for our children, and we care for our country," he said. “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for showing up.”
A pre-recorded musical sketch in the episode also referenced the midterms with a song celebrating the things that bring people together regardless of political divides — specifically, the things that everyone hates. According to the song, people can come together over their shared hatred of wet jeans, people who study abroad and come back with an accent, the word “crotch,” warm public toilet seats and guys who make a lot of noise at the gym. Schreiber appeared as a pilot interrupting the movie on a plane flight just to talk about the wind speed.
The "Weekend Update" segment also addressed the midterms results: “Like a scorned wife after a bitter divorce, the Democrats took back the House,” co-anchor Colin Jost said.
Jost also gave a shout-out to Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man elected governor in U.S. history on Tuesday.
Co-anchor Michael Che talked about Stacey Abrams, who is still fighting to win her Georgia gubernatorial race against Brian Kemp, the state's secretary of state, which Che said “would be like beating Lebron [James] at home if he was also the ref.”
"Weekend Update" also spoofed the allegedly doctored video of the recent interaction between CNN’s Jim Acosta and a White House press intern, and Texas Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw appeared to accept an apology from castmember Pete Davidson.
The episode also referenced Time’s Up in a music video parody for a rap duo called Booty Kings, played by catsmembers Chris Redd and Kenan Thompson. They rapped about women’s bodies but constantly reiterated that they needed consent and would respect boundaries with the hook, “I’m on a mission for that ass / But first I need permission.” Davidson also played a rapper named Uncle Butt, and there were cameos from Future and Lil Wayne.