Low-Hanging Fruit Fly: SNL Tries to Morph Pence Fly Incident Into Comedy

A fly lands on the head of Vice President Mike Pence during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (Justin Sullivan/Pool via AP)

“Saturday Night Live” turned to the vice-presidential debate for laughs this week, and, as with the initial debate, the fly took center stage to open the show.

SNL featured its own interpretation of the fly incident. As Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden character watched the debate at home, he said, “I need to do something. I need to teleport to that debate and save the soul of this nation.” Carrey’s Biden than jumped into a teleportation device that accidentally turned him into the fly that landed on top of Vice President Mike Pence’s head during the debate. The transformation also led to a nod to Jeff Goldblum and the 1986 film “The Fly.” “God created dinosaurs. Dinosaurs became Republican. Republicans created Trump,” Carrey as Biden said, doing an impersonation of Goldblum. “Life finds a way.”

Eventually, Maya Rudolph, as Kamala Harris, took a flyswatter to Pence’s head, and the show got underway with the signature catchphrase “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”

SNL is not the only one having fun with the famous insect. The fly is turning out to be the “it” costume this Halloween season. HalloweenCostumes.com has already listed its fly costume as “Sold Out,” while Amazon still has the costume listed for sale as long as you are okay with delivery after Halloween (and hopefully just in time to give it as a Christmas gift).

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