The final Saturday Night Live episode of 2020 kicked off with another cold open skewering political headlines from the past week. The show parodied Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) and Second Lady Karen Pence (Lauren Holt) getting their coronavirus vaccines on Friday morning. The cold open also introduced cast member Alex Moffat as the new actor playing President-elect Joe Biden and replacing Jim Carrey.
"I just want to reassure the American people that this vaccine is completely safe and harmless," Pence said. "That's why President Trump refuses to take it or talk about it. Instead, he sent me to be his..." "Human shield," a doctor (Mickey Day) said. Pence first thought the vaccine needed to be given to him through the behind, even starting to undo his pants. The doctor administered it through the arm, which was a relief to Pence. He got a lollipop for his good behavior. "A lolly? Well, I guess it's 5 o'clock somewhere."
At this point, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (Maya Rudolph) popped in. Pence wanted to know how she got into the White House. "I won more votes," Harris said. She also slapped him when he suggested the election results might not hold up. "Trump made me do it!" Pence said.
Biden then came in, with Pence making a remark about how he looked differently. "I'm like Colonel Sanders. Every time you see me, I'm a different guy," Biden said. "There's a good chance that this time next year, I'm gonna be Mario Lopez." Biden then assured Americans he will be a leader and have a diverse cabinet. "And I will make sure Joe will never specify what he means by 'diverse,'" Harris said. "That is my Christmas present to you, America." Just at the very end, Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) jumped in with his hair dye leaking, shocking Pence. Ben Carson (Kenan Thompson) also came in to ask what his job is.prevnext
Guess Alex Moffat is the new #SNL Biden. Pretty solid first outing from him.— Michael Cook (@thoroughlyme) December 20, 2020
Last week's cold open was a parody of a CNN segment, with Wolf Blitzer (Beck Bennett) interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci (Kate McKinnon) and Dr. Deborah Birx (Heidi Gardner) about the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. Fauci said "super seniors, anyone who pays for Red Lobster with a diner's club card" would be among the first people to get the vaccine. In reality, some of the first people to get the vaccine were frontline workers at hospitals around the country. Some members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also received the vaccine. On Friday, Pence and Karen Pence were vaccinated on live television to boost public confidence in the vaccine. The majority of Americans will not get the vaccine until sometime next year.prevnext
I like Alex Moffat’s Biden #SNL— PJamma😷 (@mspammajamma) December 20, 2020
Jim Carrey revealed on Twitter Saturday he was only signed for six weeks, and he appeared in the first six episodes of the season. Now that the deal is over, he is moving on. "Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President...comedy's highest call of duty," Carrey wrote. "I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that s—. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!"prevnext
🗣💯😭😭🤣🤣😩😩 pic.twitter.com/ozQlGWWFZH— Koree4Real🗣✊🏾📸✈️ (@superstarboss1) December 20, 2020
Carrey was the fifth different actor to play Biden. Kevin Nealon played him back in 1991 when the show lampooned Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings. Jason Sudeikis played Biden during President Barack Obama's administration. Last season, Woody Harrelson played Biden in two episodes during the Democratic presidential primaries. John Mulaney also played Biden in an episode he hosted last season.prevnext