In a feeble attempt to be relevant again, Saturday Night Live’s cold open this week totally bombed because “the people they’re imitating do it better.”
To its credit, the skit recognized the “big yikes!” of President Joe Biden and his failing administration.
Their proposed cure? A lineup of candidates to replace the “boring” president that allowed them the opportunity to do mediocre impersonations, of course.
“This Tuesday, the midterm elections will determine the fate of our democracy, and let’s just say: big yikes!” began Biden who was played by comedian James Austin Johnson.
(Video Credit: Saturday Night Live)
“Folks, I’m trying like hell, I promise. I’m on the Peloton every morning tempting fate,” the fake commander-in-chief continued.
To fix the lack of “stars” on the Democrat ticket the much more clear-spoken version of Biden listed some “exciting” last-minute changes.
“Too many Raphael Warnocks and not enough Herschel Walkers, which is why we’re going to make some last-minute changes with some Democrats who are exciting!” he told the audience.
To replace lump-necked stroke victim John Fetterman, he proposed “Mayor of Flavortown” and Food Network star Guy Fieri to run against Dr. Mehmet Oz in the race for the Pennsylvania seat in the Senate.
“America is hungry for change,” actress Molly Kearney said posing as the celebrity chef. “But do y’all want Dr. Oz’s crudité or a full plate of paid family leave dripping in donkey sauce? Full throttle, whew!”
SNL’s Biden threw out rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, played by Marcello Hernández as the potential “next senator from Ohio.”
“I want no cap on social security, no cap!” the fake over-the-top wrapper yelled into the mic. “Democrats, baby!”
After getting in the poorly portrayed Biden’s face, Biden called the pseudo wrapper a “terrifying young man,” and promptly called the “next governor of Michigan” to the podium.
“Hi, TV,” former adult film star Stormy Daniels, played by Cecily Strong said slowly. “I may be a former adult star currently on season seven of the ‘Surreal Life’ but I am willing to debase myself and enter U.S. politics.”
Although filmed before a live audience, the laughter seemed reserved and unnatural, leading some to accuse the show of piping the laugher in because it was a dud in real life.
who is writing for them now…and is that canned laughter on their audio track?
— Edwin E Peacock (@Edwin_E_Peacock) November 6, 2022
Other reactions reflected the resounding thud the skit made as it made it’s round on social media and one social media user surmised that the lack of impact was because in this case, the reality is much funnier than the comedic interpretation.
— GreenMountainGoat (@ETaBrewski) November 6, 2022
SNL only suck cause the people they’re imitating do it better.
— Pony (@DropDeadPony) November 6, 2022
By and large, the skit did not get a lot of love as social media called for an end to the long-running late-night show.
Fire all the writers. Fire the entire staff. You’ve ceased to be a sketch comedy show. Just stop. It’s over. Move on.
— Still Censored Jen (@realotherjen) November 6, 2022
It has long been past time to cancel SNL
— Kevin Boyd 🇺🇸 (@TheKevinBoyd) November 6, 2022
Who is the guy in the suit supposed to be? Biden? If yes, that is the worst impression! Phil Hartman became Clinton and I almost couldn’t look at GWB w/o seeing Will Ferrell. Same w/ Tina Fey as Palin. Biden should be easy.
— Missus Bennet 🚚 🚛 (@poornerves) November 6, 2022
Where’s the talent?
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 6, 2022
You all suck. Really bad.
— TheMorningSpew2 (@TheMorningSpew2) November 6, 2022
God this isn’t funny, and y’all really need to cast someone else as Biden.
— Jason (@jaykyle8) November 6, 2022
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