'SNL': John Mulaney Hosts for Fourth Time in Episode Full of Halloween and Election Sketches

Host John Mulaney during the 'SNL' Monologue on Saturday, October 31, 2020
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John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live for the fourth time on Halloween.

The former SNL writer joked about binge-watching Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conferences during quarantine. "On Nov. 3 there is an elderly man contest," Mulaney said of the upcoming presidential election. "There’s two elderly men, and you’re supposed to choose your favorite of the elderly men. You can put it in the mail, or you can go and write down which elderly man you like and then we’ll add them all up, and then we might have the same elderly man or we might have a new elderly man."

He continued, "But just rest assured, no matter what happens, nothing much will change in the United States. The rich will continue to prosper while the poor languish, families will be upended by mental illness and drug addiction, Jane Lynch will continue to book lots of projects, and when she does she’ll deliver, she’s so good at being on TV."

The episode featured several Halloween-themed sketches, including a spoof of a PBS special hosted by Kenan Thompson in which Kate McKinnon and Mulaney starred in Alfred Hitchcok’s The Birds. "The birds, they just birded a man to death," McKinnon exclaimed.

In a parody of Sleepy Hollow, Mulaney played Ichabod Crane. Beck Bennett played the headless horseman, and Mulaney’s Ichabod asked if he used his detached head to pleasure himself.

The episode also featured a lot of election-themed material. A musical digital sketch called "Strollin To The Polls" riffed on voter suppression. Another digital sketch showed New Yorkers in masks talking about being strong through the pandemic with McKinnon playing an eccentric older woman.

A musical sketch featuring a Times Square gift shop and Times Square performers riffed on previous Mulaney-starring musical sketches Diner Lobster and Airport Sushi. Maya Rudolph, who appeared in the cold open, also appeared in the sketch as a Statue of Liberty performer. The sketch ended with a song about the election.

Another sketch provided a sequel to a previous Mulaney skit about a guy getting memed by his nephew at his own company.