SNL Cold Open Parodies House Republican Chaos Amid Election Campaign – The Hollywood Reporter

Saturday Night Live The cast opened the second episode of season 49 with a satirical examination of the current Republican chaos in the US House of Representatives.

At the cold open, Mikey Day’s Rep. Jim Jordan was distraught after his bid for House Speaker failed for the third time. After Kevin McCarthy was ousted as House speaker last month, Republicans are sinking deeper into turmoil over who should claim the job. On Friday the Republicans abruptly decided to dump Jordanan ally of Donald Trump, as their candidate.

“How did I lose? This is chaos,” says Day’s Jordan. “Some of us are here to actually serve the American people. All I want to do is get Congress back to work so I can shut it down again.”

Bowen Yang’s Rep. George Santos, who has been at the center of controversy over criminal charges and claims he falsified parts of his resume, is now trying to “cheer up” Days Jordan.

After Santos walks in from Yang holding a baby that “no one seems to know” why he had a child, he says, “I just wanted to say how sorry I am, but I want to that you know I voted for you and get that, do it.” Shoshana Loggins.”

Day’s Jordan asks, “Who is that?” to which Yang’s Santos replies, “Me too.”

Before Yang’s embattled Santos leaves, he says he has to take a call from Tupac, who he claims is him [Shakur]She told the late rapper: “Girl, I know, Jada [Pinkett Smith] is crazy.” In her new memoir WorthyPinkett Smith talks about her close friendship with Shakur, who was shot and killed in 1996.

Next, Jordan answers a call from Chloe Fineman’s rep, Lauren Boebert. “Look, things are going exactly as planned,” she says. “Just keep running for speaker and even if you don’t win, great, the government shuts down and we blow the whole thing up.”

Before hanging up, Fineman’s Boebert says, “I have to go. I’m in a theater visit Aladdin“, which scoffed Boebert’s latest accident where she was escorted out of a Denver theater after venue officials accused her of smoking, groping her date and “causing a disturbance” during an event. Beetlejuice: The Musical Perfomance.

Last to arrive is James Austin Johnson’s former President Donald Trump. Jordan from Day tells him, “I’m so glad you’re here. You supported me and then you just disappeared.”

“Yes. That’s because I prefer the Jordans who win,” says Johnson’s Trump. “The great Michael Jordan or the even greater Jordan Sparks.”

He adds: “People say I’m a great speaker. That’s true, but unfortunately I’ll be too busy campaigning, traveling from city to city, visiting their beautiful courtrooms, you know, doing great things for the courts, doing great things for the court.” Trump sees is currently facing four criminal cases in Washington DC, New York, Florida and Georgia.

Day’s Jordan continues to question why he can’t seem to win the House presidency, saying, “This is all so frustrating, sir.” I did exactly what you would do: intimidation, threats. Why didn’t it work?”

Johnson’s Trump responds: “Because, frankly, you’re not me. You are not funny. I’m funny. I’m a weirdo. I’m a weirdo. What the hell is he doing here, you know? You don’t play Creep live anymore, do you? Do you notice that? … Everyone else does it, but they don’t do it.”

He continues to tell Day’s Jordan, “You can’t give up. Okay, you can’t give up because this is America. It’s the most beautiful country in the world, full of terrible people, some terrible people, some of the worst people you’ve ever seen. But we love it. What a beautiful nation it is. What a wonderful nation. Not so much in terms of people, people are very bad and strange. We love our country. What a terrible place this is.”

As Day’s Jordan opens the rest of Saturday’s show, Johnson’s Trump interrupts him, saying, “Wait a minute, this isn’t for losers,” and adding, “This is live from New York.” Saturday night.”

Grammy winner Bad Bunny made his hosting debut on the NBC sketch comedy show on Saturday and was the episode’s musical guest.

During his opening monologue, the Puerto Rican rapper and singer addressed critics who questioned his ability as a host SNL since English is not his native language.

“People wonder if I can’t host this show because English isn’t my first language,” Bad Bunny says. “I don’t know if they know, but I do what I want. I can host this show in English. I can order McDonald’s in English. I can have sex in English. But I prefer sex in Spanish because it’s simply better.”

The musician continues speaking in Spanish while the screen reads “Speaking in non-English,” referencing the 2023 Grammys controversy where his Spanish lyrics and speech were not translated into subtitles and instead the words ” Singing in non-English” could be read. English” were displayed on screens.

After noticing the captions on the screen during his monologue, Bad Bunny decides to hire his friend and actor Pedro Pascal to host SNL last season to translate for him.

The “MONACO” singer later asks him for advice on his monologue, to which Pascal says: “I always find it charming to make a self-deprecating joke.”…It’s like a joke you make about a part of your body or your makes a face that is unflattering.”

Bad Bunny replies, “I don’t have any.”

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