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SNL Cold Open Highlights Farting Rudy In Voter Fraud Farce

In a triumphantly absurd cold open, Saturday Night Live featured Rudy Giuliani's stunning appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee -- where Rudy (Kate McKinnon) emitted farts so loud that room microphones captured them for posterity.

Flatulence wasn't only an embarrassing moment but a metaphor for the Trump "stupid coup" that Giuliani and his "elite strike force" associate Jenna Ellis (Lauren Holt) tried to advance in Lansing.

"As my associate Ms. Ellis and I will prove today, this election was stolen from the American people with a level of trickery not seen since Houdini," lisps the former mayor, just before a loud farting sound erupts. "Hey that wasn't me! That was you guys!"

A skeptical Michigan Republican state senator (Mikey Day) notes that Giuliani has presented "zero evidence," a complaint he repeats throughout the "election fraud hearing."

Rudy then unveils the testimony of "a dozen highly intelligent, barely intoxicated individuals who are all eyewitnesses" -- notably including the belligerent Melissa Carone (played, as anticipated, by the brilliant Cecily Strong). She swiftly admonishes the legislators to "maybe lose the attitude first, just like you lost all those Trump ballots."

While Carone's viral performance is the highlight, she's followed by hilarious witnesses (Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chloe Fineman) who ably reproduce the Michigan hearing's surreal atmosphere.

It's a gas.



SNL: Why Did Rudy Giuliani Show Up At 'Four Seasons' Landscaping?

We can always depend on Rudy Giuliani, the Count Chocula of right-wing paranoia, to provide comic relief at moments of great political tension. Or at least we could until now, when the booze-addled former New York City mayor may finally be going to the sanatorium he deserves.

But we will never forget Kate McKinnon's impressions of Rudy, even if we must give up the habit someday soon. In this episode of Weekend Update she plays off the skilled straight man Colin Jost with all her mad brilliance. Don't miss the naughty allusion to Borat 2.


#EndorseThis: 'Surprise Badass' Drills Trump On SNL Town Hall

In the new season's funniest cold open so far, Saturday Night Live spoofs the "dueling town halls" that replaced the second Donald Trump – Joe Biden debate. As you may recall, the lineup was George Stephanopoulos (Mikey Day) hosting Biden (Jim Carrey) on ABC versus Savannah Guthrie (Kate McKinnon) hosting Trump (Alec Baldwin) on the NBC networks, with voter questions, too. The sketch shifts back and forth, like a bemused viewer changing channels.

While Stephanopoulos admits he's "going for a boring college lecture vibe," NBC's "surprise badass" Guthrie opens with a blunt warning to Trump: "We have lots of voters waiting to ask questions, but I'd like to start by tearing you a new one." And she does, repeatedly, just like in real life.

Events swiftly proceed downhill, until toward the end Kamala Harris (Maya Rudolph) shows up to try to restore order. And yes, Biden dons a cardigan, just like Mister Rogers.

It's hilarious. So if you missed it, don't.




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WATCH: SNL Opener Features Baldwin, Carrey, And Rudolph In Presidential 'Debate'

Saturday Night Live's new season began last night, and the show's first "cold open" of fall 2020 harks back to that night so long ago -- at the beginning of the week -- when we watched the worst presidential debate in American history.

It begins with moderator Chris Wallace (Beck Bennett) asking President Trump (Alec Baldwin, of course) whether he has taken a Covid-19 test. "Scout's honor," he replies, fingers crossed. Following his dramatic entrance, Democratic nominee Joe Biden (Jim Carrey!) is mercilessly heckled by Trump and struggles to contain his fury. Until he doesn't, and unleashes the tirade that was bursting inside him.

Sen. Kamala Harris (Maya Rudolph) materializes onstage to take over, letting us know that "America needs a WAP – woman as president." But after "Momala" heads offstage for a martini, Biden finally finds a way to shut Trump up. And then he brings the sketch fully up to date.


#EndorseThis: 'Kellywise' Is How We'll Always Remember Kellyanne

Kellyanne Conway is leaving the Trump White House to "spend more time with her family," as the saying goes. Tonight she will deliver a valedictory speech at the Republican National Convention – which is certain to feature her trademark toxic fog of "alternative facts" and partisan malevolence.

But everyone in the news business is sure to miss Kellyanne when she's gone. (Especially if she's replaced by a full-goose loony like Kimberly Guilfoyle.) Cable hosts found her overwhelming zeal for televised throwdowns, her backstabbing White House shenanigans, her capacity to spit loud, rapid-fire lies exhausting yet somehow compelling.

How did we really feel about Kellyanne? Nobody captured her dark magic like the great Kate McKinnon in this classic Saturday Night Live sketch, titled "Kellywise."

Creepy as hell, it will make you shudder – and cackle.


SNL Cold Open: Sondland Finally Meets Trump

Standing in front of a roaring helicopter, Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin, of course) again affirms his innocence. He even has big scrawled black-marker notes that show he asked Gordon Sondland for nothing except “two large pies, extra cheese.” After proclaiming that he doesn’t really know the European Union ambassador and million-dollar donor, he’s about to flee when Sondland (SNL alum Will Ferrell) saunters up.


“It’s so great to finally meet you for the first time,” says Trump, to whichSondland replies with a smirk, “Oh, oh, oh, right, right, right..Keep the quidpro quo on the low-low!” He demands that the media stop persecuting the president,because “everybody loves his ass,” especially Ukraine – and Russia. He can’tquite keep that quid pro quo on the downlow.

Just click.

SNL Brings Out Superstars To Spoof Democrats’ LGBT Town Hall

No Trump this week but still: Sparked by the wild spirit of Billy Porter, Saturday Night Live’s version of the Democratic presidential candidates’ LGBT town hall is amusing and even charming.

Playing himself as the emcee, alongside Alex  Moffat as CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Porter introduces a cavalcade of talent satirizing the Democrats, featuring guests Lin-Manuel Miranda as a hilariously ingratiating Julian Castro and Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden, who replies to an audience question with a meandering “false memory” and a kiss for Moffat.

SNL cast members reprise roles they’ve played before, including Chris Redd as Cory Booker and Colin Jost as Pete Buttigieg, and they’re all funny but it’s impossible to outshine Kate McKinnon’s explosive Elizabeth Warren, who springs onto the stage and never stops bouncing: “I had some apple slices backstage, and they are hitting me like cocaine!”

Click and laugh. SNL will resume the Trumpsters’ true crime show next week.

 

 

SNL Cold Open: Baldwin Returns For A Queen Finale

Summer is almost here, which means the end of Saturday Night Live’s regular season. For a finale, Alec Baldwin returns in the SNL cold open to bid us farewell with a rousing, lunatic version of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” as he looks forward to “doing the things I never get to do” — playing golf (cue laughter) and visiting friends in prison.

Joined by the rest of the cast’s White House regulars in this ominous musicale, the president warns that he’s “on cruise control to a second term.” But before the end, Robert Mueller (Robert DeNiro) steps in with “something important to tell America,” but Baldwin shouts him down: “No collusion! No obstruction!”

Wince and laugh.