‘S.N.L.’ Has a Theory About the Fly That Landed on Mike Pence’s Head


From the moment that an errant fly touched down on Vice President Mike Pence during Wednesday’s vice-presidential debate, “Saturday Night Live” viewers started imploring the show to recreate the awkward moment. And “S.N.L.” did just that — at some extravagant length — in this weekend’s opening sketch, leading off an episode full of comedy monologues that were certain to offend almost every sensibility and political viewpoint.

But first, that vice-presidential debate parody, which starred Beck Bennett as Vice President Pence, Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris and Kate McKinnon as the moderator, Susan Page, who began the broadcast by declaring, “One thing is for sure: If anything’s going to be trending on Twitter tonight, it will be one of the humans involved in this debate.”

McKinnon pointed out that the candidates were protected by “buffet-style sneeze guards, on account of one of you works for Patient Zero,” she said.

Bennett explained that this was to his liking: “Twelve feet apart and separated by plexiglass is how Mother and I sleep,” he said.

There was some cross talk and aggressive interruptions between the candidates, and Rudolph explained the various facial expressions she planned to make while Bennett held forth. “I’d like to hear the Vice President’s response,” she began, “and while he speaks, I’m going to smile at him like I’m at a T.J. Maxx and a white lady asked me if I worked here.”

McKinnon inquired about the health of President Trump, explaining to Bennett that she was “asking with a simmering rage for his incompetence and a sadistic hope that he is not well.”

Bennett replied: “Unfortunately for you, then, the President is doing amazing, thanks to this team of terrified doctors. As you heard from his primary physician, Dr. Handsome Liar, Trump is in peak physical condition.”

Rudolph sipped comfortably from a martini glass and delivered a long, dribbling spit take when McKinnon asked for her position on packing the Supreme Court.

This weekend’s episode was hosted by the stand-up comic Bill Burr, and if you’re not familiar with his work, we’ll forewarn you that some people swear by him and others would rather swear at him.

At the Weekend Update desk, the anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che were not particularly delicate as they riffed on President Trump’s return to the White House after he was hospitalized with Covid-19.

Jost began by saying:

This week was mental illness awareness week, and trust me [an image appears of President Trump taking off his mask on the White House balcony], we’re aware. President and active bio-weapon Donald Trump took his doctors hostage and broke out of the hospital like Sarah Connor in “Terminator 2.” And I guess he must have been in a coma and thought the year was 2016 because he started demanding Hillary’s emails and for the feds to arrest Obama. Then he released a series of odd videos from the White House that started like this: [a video plays of Trump saying, “Perhaps you recognize me, it’s your favorite president”]. Actually, I barely recognize you because your makeup artist seems to have given you the Dolezal. Also, why does it look like there’s a green screen behind you? It’s a little suspicious when you green-screen yourself into the place where you already are. It looks like you’re shooting a commercial for a Staten Island wedding venue.

Che continued:

President Trump claims to have survived the coronavirus. Yay. I’m not going to say I’m disappointed, but it kind of feels like when there’s a car crash and the only survivor is the drunk driver. Trump said him getting Covid was “a blessing from God,” and I bet even God was like, “Hey, we tried, guys.” Actually, maybe we should be more optimistic about this. There’s two ways we can look at it. Either Trump’s telling the truth and we finally have a cure for Covid. Or, Trump is lying and he’s still going to die. I’m not going to say that’s a win-win but it’s definitely not a lose-lose.


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