Saturday Night Live: Baldwin and Carrey face off in presidential debate skit | Ents & Arts News
Saturday Night Live opened its 46th season with a parody of Tuesday’s US presidential debate.
The NBC late-night sketch series, which returned to a studio after COVID-19 halted filming, began with an almost 14-minute sketch featuring several well-known stars.
Alec Baldwin played president Donald Trump before his COVID-19 diagnosis, Jim Carrey featured as the president’s election rival former vice president Joe Biden and Maya Rudolph made a cameo appearance as Kamala Harris.
Comedian and actor Chris Rock hosted the show.
The comedy performance satirised the first election debate – which was characterised by its name calling, insults and the two politicians consistently speaking over each other.
Attempting to mirror Tuesday’s debate, Baldwin’s Trump appears to commandeer the debate, regularly interrupting and offending Biden with personal remarks.
Meanwhile, Carrey’s Biden tried to hold his anger – breathing into a brown paper bag and talking to himself.
At the start of the skit, Rock came onstage donning a mask, before taking it off to perform his set to the studio audience of about two dozen people – all wearing masks.
The four-time Emmy Award and three-time Grammy award winner opened his set by joking about how the pandemic had ruined much of his year.
He also sarcastically displayed sympathy about the president being hospitalised after his coronavirus diagnosis.
“President Trump is in the hospital from COVID, and I just want to say that my heart goes out to COVID,” he joked.
The comedian also shared his thoughts on American citizens needing to “renegotiate their plans” with the American administration.
He said: “What job do you have for four years no matter what? Just show me one job. If you hired a cook, and he was making people vomit every day, do you sit there and say ‘Oh, he’s got a 4-year deal,'” he said.
Rock added: “We just got to vomit for four more years.”