NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” returned to the airwaves for the first time since December 18, with a false president Joe Biden blaming the COVID-19 rise, rejecting its final episode in the new Spider-Man movie.
The show implemented plenty of New York-centric humor after its month-long break – including its first spoof by Mayor Eric Adams – and featured Ariana DeBose from “West Side Story” as host.
The actress on screen and on stage said she represented Broadway and launched a mix of tunes from the show such as “Tonight Tonight”, “I Feel Pretty” and “America” with Kate McKinnon.
“Not many people know this, but” West Side Story “is actually based on another classic tale of star-crossed lovers:” 90 Day Fiancé, “she slammed during her monologue.
Impressionist James Austin Johnson started the show, portraying Biden holding a White House press conference and telling the country that the Omicron rise was tied to participation in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” for which he could not get tickets. .
“Everyone in America has seen ‘Spider-Man’ eight times. Everyone in America also has COVID. Stop watching ‘Spider-Man,'” he urged the American people
“This virus has disrupted our lives, canceled holidays, weddings, quinceañeras, sex-revealing parties, forest fires that started as gender-revealing parties … whatever the hell happens to Novak Djokovic,” Johnson said.
“I know you’re tired of receiving emails from your kids’ school late at night saying ‘ok come in tomorrow, we’ll feel lucky.’
The sketch took a bizarre turn when Pete Davidson emerged from a smoky portal dressed as a tough action hero in sunglasses to announce that he is actually President Biden and that the current world is an alternative universe.
“I’m Joe Biden from the real universe. The timeline you all live in is collapsing. You can see it was created as a joke that started in 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series,” said Davidson by using a voice-enhancing effect.
“Everyone is better off in the real world except for one man named Pete Davidson,” he told White House reporters, referring to his high-profile love life. “Your world might be more fun for him.”
Another COVID-19-themed sketch falsified TNT’s NBA coverage, with the Nets beating Kings 268-1 at the break because the entire Sacramento squad was hit by the virus.
“You can see how the Kings’ lack of NBA players is reflected in the result,” Chris Redd’s Kenny Smith pointed out, while Mikey Day and DeBose portrayed overwhelmed amateur ball players who were called up to the major leagues to face Brooklyn.
In a fake commercial, the show highlighted the seemingly endless stream of TV reboots by previewing an updated “Family Matters” starring Redd as a criminal Steve Urkel whose slogan is still “Did I do that ?,” and Kenan Thompson as reassuring influence on Carl. Winslow.
Davidson and Chloe Fineman falsified disgusting local mom-and-pop commercials in the New York area by playing a heavily accented couple who run a “Formal Emporium” and offer their nerdy son (Andrew Dismukes) as a date for high school formal to parents , who are concerned about keeping their daughters’ virginity intact.
“We have dresses that are as beautiful as she is, eh depending on the girl,” promised a heavily made-up Fineman.
“If you’re worried about your daughter having sex after the dance, do not do it – we have the perfect solution,” promised Davidson’s smart character.
“She can take our son Donovan, because Donavon did not want to know where to start,” Fineman added, while the couple in the outskirts continued to describe how pathetic their son is.
In another hyper-local reference, the show falsified local cable company NY1’s tendency to carry secular press conferences from local politicians in their entirety.
Redd imitated Mayor Eric Adams, who stepped up on the podium at City Hall to the tunes of “Feel So Good” by Mase.
“The city has never had a mayor with so much wastage before,” the fake mayor told the press corps. “I mean, you all see me outside – the peacoats, the scarves, the shine on the bald head yo!” said Redd, playing up Adam’s Brooklyn accent.
“You can see that I have dizziness. Keeps me healthy. See that the city has suffered from what I like to call a swag-free existence,” he snapped.
“I’m muscular, I’m vegan, and I get that thang-thang every day before breakfast,” boasted the imitated mayor.
As the crowd of journalists tried to talk over each other, the mayor struck back.
“I’m not making chaos in my city. I told you all about it, Redd said.” I was a police officer for over 70 years. If I get scared, I start kicking people in the ass, ”he promised.
“And excuse me, this man, he’s not Bill de Blasio, he wants to kick you. Oh my god,” DeBose interjected, playing his secretary.
“She’s joking, but she’s from the Bronx, so is she?” asked Redd-as-Adams the assembled journalists whom he gave nicknames like Princess Peach and Slim Shady.
“Weekend Update” received politicians from both sides of the aisle and included one GIF-worthy Elmo imitation from Fineman who quarreled with an imaginary Sesame Street friend.
“Like everyone else, President Biden’s New Year’s resolution fell apart in the third week of January,” Colin Jost said.
“The Supreme Court rejected his vaccine mandate, his suffrage law was blocked, and his approval rating is so low that it has gone into power-saving mode.”
The false anchor pointed out that the late convicted murderer Robert Durst was now “New York’s fourth worst estate heir,” he said after Donald Trump’s children Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka.
The comedian also aimed to deprive Prince Andrew of his royal titles on charges of sexually abusing minors.
“It’s an unprecedented case of an adult stripping Prince Andrew,” he said.
DeBose and McKinnon spoofed yet another Broadway classic with a current bid for “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music.”
Jack Antonoff’s New York City-based indie-pop outfit Bleachers performed lively saxophone-filled renditions of their songs “How Dare You Want More” and “Chinatown,” after previously planned artist Roddy Ricch withdrew from the show due to exposure to COVID. 19.
SNL alumni Will Forte is set to host next week’s episode with musical guest Moonlight.
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