The last episode of “Saturday Night Live” earlier than Tuesday’s presidential election went a lot additional than the show did in 2016.
Playing Hillary Clinton 4 years in the past, Kate McKinnon appeared on the viewers and mentioned, “We cannot inform you who to vote for, however on Tuesday, all of us get an opportunity to decide on what sort of nation we wanna reside in.” Vague sufficient, proper?
Well, this week was a hell of much more particular than that.
As former Vice President Joe Biden, Jim Carrey took on a Halloween theme through the chilly open and skim a parody model of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”
The satirical poem ended thusly: “This daylight financial savings time, let’s achieve an hour and lose a president!”
Can’t get rather more specific than that.
Alec Baldwin’s President Trump did not seem for a rebuttal, however Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris did and, in a throwback, McKinnon’s Hillary confirmed up.
It was a logical, if un-entertaining, finish to greater than a month of principally clunker sketches sending up Biden and President Trump in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. There is yet another episode subsequent week, nevertheless it’s protected to say that whether or not Trump or Biden wins, it will not be humorous. At the top of final cycle, McKinnon’s Hillary sang a mournful model of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Side-splitting.
The Poe sequence had no one ravin’.
“I needed to take your minds off the election by studying a scary story,” Carrey’s Biden started. “Once upon a midnight dreary, whereas Trump retweeted QAnon theories.” That, if you happen to can consider it, was the funniest rhyme of the sketch.
The relaxation have been belabored groaners.
“Still I’ll win, ‘trigger I’m a baller,” Carrey mentioned, failing to make the Joe Cool gag work but once more. “Just ask my operating mate, Kamal-er.”
Rudolph’s Harris tried to promote a joke that in mispronouncing her title, Biden is cutely out-of-touch, however the viewers was too busy rolling its eyes on the earlier line to note.
The Raven in this occasion was Clinton. McKinnon shuffled in sporting a cape to warn Biden about her crash-and-burn run 4 years in the past.
“Quoth the Clinton,” he mentioned. To which McKinnon added, “We misplaced earlier than!”
But then Season 46’s low-key MVP arrived. Not sufficient reward is heaped on common cast member Beck Bennett for his phenomenal takes on politicians this yr. “SNL” tends to get too caught up in thrilling movie star stars moderately than celebrating the mega skills of its personal cast.
Bennett, who has beforehand performed a hysterical, vampiric Mike Pence, this time took on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The actor walked out with a Madame Tussauds-worthy face and bandaged purple fingers, making reference to the senator’s mysterious latest change in look.
“Oh, God. What occurred to your fingers, lobster boy,” chimed in Carrey with a dumb line.
Then Bennett jumped in and saved it: “This is a quite common situation referred to as Old Man Purple,” he mentioned.
“SNL” tried to make a splash this yr by having an A-lister like Carrey be a part of the show’s most frequent host, Baldwin, to make headline-grabbing election sketches. It labored! But for all of the mistaken causes.
The reliance on large names solely confirmed who the true stars are right here: the sketch comedy’s cast of seasoned improvisers and comedians. Regardless of what occurs Tuesday, in 4 years, lose the celeb drop-ins and use the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.”