Former cast member Chris Rock returned for his third turn as host & Megan Thee Stallion was the musical guest.
Rock joked in his monologue,
“President Trump is in the hospital due to COVID, and my heart goes out to COVID.”
But Rock ended his monologue on a sincere note, saying,
“We can beat this if we all work together
and quoted James Baldwin:
‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.’”
The show’s cold open was just as you might guess, Tuesday night’s dumpster fire presidential debate between Trump and Biden.
Jim Carrey was Biden while Alec Baldwin returned as Trump. sked Moderator Chris Wallace (Beck Bennett) asked,
“Did you take the COVID test you promised to take in advance?”
“Absolutely, scouts honor.
The China virus is a hoax – and saying that will probably come back to haunt me later this week.”
Biden “muted” Trump with a remote control and said,
“Now, just imagine if science and karma could somehow team up to send us all a message as to how dangerous this virus can be.”
“I’m not saying I want it to happen, but just imagine if it did.”
Another former cast member Maya Rudolph made a cameo as Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris (which just won her an Emmy) to declare herself,
“Hot Vice President in Charge.”
But there was no way to jump the shark, sketch was less weird than the actual debate.
Weekend Update addressed Trump’s condition with co-anchor Colin Jost saying,
“Lot for us to process one day before we came back on the air.
“It’s been weird to see all these people who clearly hate Trump come out and say, ‘We wish him well.’
I think a lot of them are just feeling guilty because their first wish came true.”