While the American public gleaned minimal new information and insight from flipping between two simultaneous presidential candidate town halls Thursday, at least Saturday Night Live tried to provide some laughs from it.
SNL used its 13-minute opening to reproduce the idea of watching Donald Trump and Joe Biden simultaneously. The sketch was introduced by saying NBC, SNL’s network, “laid a thirst trap for Donald Trump,” with the counter programming to Biden’s ABC town hall and that America was “trying to decide between a Hallmark movie and an alien autopsy.”
With Jim Carrey as this season’s Biden, he emerged wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses and blasting finger guns. Mikey Day, as ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, asked, “Anyone ready for softball questions from folks who are already voting for you?”
The skit bounced between Carrey as Biden and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, finding Biden amid a meandering story each time.
“And that brings us to 1939,” Carrey’s Biden said in one point. Others showed him talking to God, painting like Bob Ross and putting on a sweater to a song like Mister Rogers’.
Kate McKinnon played the role of NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, asking Baldwin’s Trump about Q-anon (“You mean the group that thinks that Democrats are a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles, that I’m their messiah? I don’t know anything about them at all”), White supremacy (“I’ve always more or less condemned it”), Aryan brotherhood (“They’re very pro-family”) and the KKK (“Your car breaks down, you call KKK”). This should be re-written, not really sure how you want to fix this, doesn’t make any s
Maya Rudolph also made an appearance as Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, during one of Trump’s segments, showing concern for the masked woman at his town hall, who sat behind him, nodding in response to everything he said.
As Baldwin’s Trump closed his portion, he said, “Just ask yourselves, America, aren’t you better off than you were four years ago?” An animated globe showed America answering a resounding no.
Carrey’s Biden closed his portion with, “If elected, I promised I won’t tweet once because I don’t know how.”