- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
After a short break, Saturday Night Live‘s cold open on Nov. 6 hit some of the week’s biggest news items.
Cecily Strong’s Judge Jeanine Pirro interviewed Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, played by Pete Davidson, Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, played by Alex Moffat, one of the voters who got him elected, played by Heidi Gardner, and finally, James Austin Johnson’s Donald Trump.
Strong began by interviewing Davidson’s Rodgers about not getting his COVID-19 vaccine, even though he previously said he was “immunized.”
“So what? Who the hell cares?” Strong said. “It’s your body, your choice. And please never use that quote for any other issue.”
“Exactly, Jeanine,” Davidson responded. “It’s my body, and my COVID. I can give it to whoever I want, but suddenly the woke mob is coming after me.” When asked whether he lied about his vaccination status, Davidson’s Rodgers explained that he huddled with his team and told them he’s “more or less immunized. Go team!”
Next up, Strong’s Judge Jeanine interviewed Moffat’s Youngkin, who said his win in Virginia shows his voters are “deeply concerned about education,” despite most of his voters consisting of “people who didn’t go to college” and adding that “critical race theory” is “what got me elected” and “is not important.”
Moffat’s Youngkin brought on the leader of his parental task force (Gardner) to talk about her feelings on education. “When my son brought home a copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison, I put down my copy of Fifty Shades, and said, ‘No, a woman? Named Toni? Not in my ‘Merica.”
Judge Jeanine's first guest is NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. pic.twitter.com/WQB8P9uDMg
Gardner said she and a group of parents came up with a list of books not suitable for children including Holes (“Sounds sexual”), Pride & Prejudice (“Prejudice is fine, but pride is a term that has been co-opted by the gays”); The Great Gatsby (“Too much jazz”).
Moffat’s Youngkin said he was happy to have won without help from Trump, which led to Johnson’s appearance as the former president, who Strong referred to as “former and basically current president of the United States.”
“Thank you, thank you so much,” Johnson’s Trump said. “I just wanted to congratulate Glenn Youngkin and mostly myself for his victory in Virginia. Glenn, we did it together.”
“You don’t have to say it like that,” Moffat’s Youngkin replied.
The two continued going back and forth about how Moffat’s Youngkin didn’t want to associate with Johnson’s Trump, even asking to be taken off the split-screen.
Johnson went on a rant about everything from Star Wars to Dune to Game of Thrones. “I see a lot of possibility with Dune. I see a lot of possibility — two, three, four, 15 movies — and frankly, I see a lot of possibility with Virginia.”
He added that the “awful PC Police” don’t like Youngkin. “You can’t please them at all,” Johnson said. “They don’t even like Chris Pratt as Mario. And you know what? I’m very close with Mario. I’m very close with Luigi. Our wives play golf together.”
Toward the end of the sketch, Johnson said the upcoming Super Mario film is going to do “a lot better than that awful Eternals movie,” adding, “It was too diverse, so no one wants to see that. The movie’s rotten, just ask the tomatoes.”
Succession star Kieran Culkin hosted the episode, with Ed Sheeran as the musical guest.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day