Maya Rudolph turns the ultimate Trump-Biden debate right into a consuming sport on the SNL Chilly Open
There was no question that Saturday Night Live would tackle Donald Trump-Joe Biden’s final presidential debate in the cold, with Alec Baldwin repeating his role as Trump and Jim Carrey returning as Biden. Maya Rudolph also showed up – not to play Kamala Harris, but to take over host Kristen Welker, who referred to Baldwin’s Trump as “Hoda”, “Padma” and “Mindy” (“I love your project,” he added).
Rudolphs Welker opened the sketch she called “the second and, praise Jesus, final debate” by reminding candidates that it had a mute button. “Tonight we have a mute button because it was either this or a reassurance arrow and the president has a very high tolerance for those following his Covid treatment,” she said.
Baldwin’s Trump was his usual self, and immediately put aside concerns about the severity of COVID-19. “We’ll turn the corner,” he said. “In fact, we rounded so many corners that we went all the way around the block that we’re back to where we started in March.” To which Carreys Biden replied, “Come on man, we’re in the middle of a third wave! Where do I come from, if a girl gave you a third wave, you were practically married.”
After Carreys Biden said his first “malarkey” of the night in reference to a claim by Baldwin’s Trump about COVID-19 from China “in an airplane piloted by Nancy Pelosi,” Rudolphs Welker showed off her “Biden Bingo” board (which already had squares tagged as “Here’s the Deal” and “Horse Puckey” to encourage anyone watching at home to take a shot.
As Baldwin’s Trump made increasingly wild statements, such as insisting that “the army” give coronavirus vaccines by “shooting them in the face” through a cannon, Carreys Biden became increasingly frustrated with him, and at one point even he left full old Hollywood. Rudolphs Welker commented, “Looks like Mr. Biden is crazy enough to do it a bit in Eastwood.”
Baldwin’s Trump also constantly cited his tax audit and even brought in his attorney Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) to explain why he hasn’t been able to disclose his health plan. The real Giuliani, of course, had a busy week to himself thanks to a scene in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent MovieFilm, and McKinnon’s version of him was immediately put in another compromising position by the cameras. “Is that a different borate?” he demanded. “You have to tell me if it’s a borate.”
In her closing remarks, Trump’s Biden boasted of his belief in America’s low unemployment rates across all groups (“brunettes, MILFs, LGBTQanon”). Carreys Biden reaffirmed his reliability to the electorate. “I only do two things,” he added. “I kick the ass and take trains and I don’t see any trains in sight. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is not a malarkey.”
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. on NBC.