‘SNL’ Cold Open Gets Hot & Too Heavy-Handed With Joe Biden & Democrats’ Dwindling Midterm Election Prospects – Deadline

Surprising almost no one, except maybe Kyrie Irving’s crisis PR team, Saturday Night Live voted tonight for the midterm elections in its final cold open before Tuesday’s vote.

“My fellow Americans, this Tuesday our midterm elections will determine the fate of our democracy and let’s just say Big Yikes!” exclaimed James Austin Johnson as President Joe Biden. “I think the Democrats’ message is just not getting through,” said the SNL cast featured player added in a mocking replication of POTUS’ big Union Station speech from earlier this week, as polls show the Big Lies-dominated GOP wants to take back the House and maybe even the Senate.

“Man, I’m trying like hell, I promise,” the comedian continued to say as the sometimes disoriented 79-year-old Biden. “Every morning I am on the Peloton and tempt fate.”

Following on from last week’s tussle of sorts with GOP candidates Herschel Walker, Kari Lake and Dr. Oz (played by Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong and Mikey Day, respectively), tonight’s SNL Biden and the Dems have had the communication problem for most of this campaign cycle, to put it mildly. In a quick reference to some Republicans who inserted erotic undertones into the attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband last week, Johnson’s Biden rolled out a list of legislative triumphs that seem to have been forgotten in the MAGA rhetoric — as you can see in the video can see above.

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On a day when the real Biden, Barack Obama, First Lady Dr. saw Jill Biden and Donald Trump on the stump in eleventh-hour bidding for votes, the SNL Biden took a sweep to the admiration of the 44st POTUS still gets. “How do you think that makes me feel?”

“Do yourself a favor, Google ‘young Joe Biden’ and start a bubble bath.”

Hosted by Amy Schumer, who is the first cousin once removed of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and with musical guest Steve Lacy, the fifth show of NBC’s late night 48st season was a slow burn of a cold open, to put it politely. Against the standard political backdrop literally and figuratively of the podium and a phalanx of American flags, Johnson’s one-man show eventually turned into a battle of the future Democratic stars.

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Looking for more Herschel Walkers and fewer Raphael Warnocks, to paraphrase the thin mush of a sketch, the SNL Biden was soon surrounded by a litany of “last-minute changes” such as 2020 candidate and self-described spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson, played by cast member Chloe Fineman. In quick and kind of pointless succession, “Mayor of Flavortown” Guy Fieri, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine for Ohio’s Senate seat, and this season’s MVP Strong followed new Michigan gubernatorial candidate and ex-porn superstar Stormy Daniels.

“I might be a former adult star currently on Season 7 of The Surreal Life, but I am willing to humble myself and enter American politics,” Strong’s Stormy said with a smile. “I’ll work with anybody, and I’m willing to reach across the aisle to get things done,” she added in one of the few funny lines of the cold open. “I think it’s reached across the aisle,” countered SNL Biden.

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“Sure, you do.”

By the time the East Coast powerhouse known as Ego Nwodim walked in as new Florida Senate candidate Azealia Banks alongside confused Uncle Joe, the die had been cast. Even Kenan Thomson doing a Tracy Morgan impersonation you never knew you needed couldn’t revive the dead zone that opened tonight’s cold.

“Do you all want that money?” Thompson said if the 30 Rock star. “Why don’t you come over here and rub my belly.”


Next week’s SNL will see the return of Dave Chappelle as host, and recently reunited hip-hop legends Black Star as musical guests, the show revealed tonight.


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