After a three-week hiatus, Saturday Night Live returned for its first new episode and hit the ground running with a cold open segment that poked fun at Rudy Giuliani’s humiliating election fraud hearing this week in Michigan. For a politically charged sketch that brought laughs without requiring support from a guest star, Kate McKinnon burst out her vampire imitation of the notorious lawyer.
As part of Donald Trump’s continuing attempts to reverse the 2020 election based on baseless charges of misconduct and vote tampering, the sketch centered largely on Giuliani bringing out “witnesses” to alleged voter fraud before a Michigan legislature assembly.
Cecily Strong returned to Studio 8H—after appearing earlier in the season practically from Canada due to scheduling problems—and played the now-infamous witness Melissa Carone.
By basically playing her favorite character, Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Begun a Conversation With at a Party, Strong beautifully brought Carone’s slurred, incoherent testimony to life.
The hearing also included “testimony” from, among other laughable witnesses, the My Pillow guy (Beck Bennett), Nicole Kidman’s The Undoing character (Chloe Fineman), and two of the men who attempted to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan (played by Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney).
While many fans expected an appearance from either Joe Biden of Jim Carrey, Kamala Harris of Maya Rudolph or Trump of Alec Baldwin, McKinnon definitively proved that the talented cast can deliver a solid cold open all on its own.
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Saturday Night Live airs live, coast-to-coast at 11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.