‘SNL’ takes aim at Trump, Jan. 6 committee in cold open

‘SNL’ takes aim at Trump, Jan. 6 committee in cold open



“Saturday Night Live” opened its latest episode Saturday night with a sketch that took aim at Donald Trump and the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.

“One person is responsible for this insurrection — Donald Trump — and one person will suffer the consequences: me,” said Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, played by Heidi Garner, after holding hands with her “best friend” Rep. Bennie Thompson (Kenan Thompson).

Thompson let his panel-mates know that after presenting evidence they would all get the chance to enjoy “a little treat,” and showed off a tin of cupcakes, one of which was stolen by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Andrew Dismukes).

After taking turns around the panel condemning the insurrection and taking jabs at its participants, the camera panned to a video of Trump (James Austin Johnson) taken the day before the election. Trump, while sitting on the toilet and taking a phone call, brags that the election votes don’t matter and that Apollo Creed is a close friend of his.

The audience audibly gasped when Austin Johnson’s Trump asked, “Is Pence dead yet?”

Megan Thee Stallion, the episode’s host and musical guest, presented a monologue in which she took pride in recent accomplishments, such as mastering a British accent, and looked toward the future.

The rapper then teased the news that her Los Angelos home had been robbed while she was in New York prepping for the Saturday evening sketch show.

“I would like to address a certain incident that I’m sure it’s on everybody’s mind,” she said coyly.

“No, I don’t know why Popeye’s took dirty rice off the menu!”

In her first sketch of the night, the rapper briefly broke playing a young wife moving from the city into a countryside home with her husband (Devon Walker). Megan couldn’t contain her giggles during a solemn moment in which her father (Thompson) accepts that she is moving away from him and a deer sneakily yanks down his pants.

On her daytime show “Girl Talk,” Ego Nwodim gave relationship advice, explained the crisis in Ukraine and more through one well-emphasized word: “girl.” The phase didn’t seem to help her first male guest, Paul (Dismukes), however, as he sought career advice. Stacy (Megan) stepped in to help, offering a simple, “bruh,” leaving Paul content.

Megan appeared emotional while performing “Anxiety” off her newest album, “Traumazine.” The rapper’s voice lightly cracked as she spoke about asking her late mother for forgiveness, and the camera caught a clip of the renowned rapper sniffling. She later performed “NDA” off the same 2022 album.

The Weekend Update immediately harkened back to the Jan. 6 cold opening. Michael Che referenced the recently surfaced video of Nancy Pelosi during the siege saying she’d be happy to punch Trump even though she’d go to jail for it.

“I assume because she owns stock in private prisons,” Che quipped.

Co-host Colin Jost noted the coincidence that the day the FDA announced an Adderall shortage was the same day Trump penned an aggressive 14-page letter to Rep. Thompson for being subpoenaed before the committee.

Upon entering her all-Black classroom, substitute teacher Ms. Fink (Nwodim) delivered a powerful and inspiring speech letting them know she believes in them.

“You may be dumb today, but what you do tomorrow starts today in this classroom,” Fink said, stating their “only fault is being born the wrong color in this country.”

The students (Megan, Walker, Johnson) quickly let Fink know that she’s teaching in a college-level STEM high school, and she escapes the school in embarrassment. 

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