Taking a break from bashing President Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live turned its crosshairs on a show within the NBC family.
During the cold opening of last night’s show, which was hosted by actor Chris Pine, cast members Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat assumed the roles of Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who confirmed their long-rumored romantic relationship last week and revealed their engagement.
“Over the past year and a half, I realized I had to face these feelings and that it was time to stop putting them in a box,” Brzezinski told Vanity Fair. “It was not an easy process and it was not an easy set of decisions for either of us. It was something I couldn’t deny anymore.”
Those feelings were front-and-center in the sketch, with the two hosts unable to finish a coherent thought about politics or anything else without shifting their focus into dirty talk and odd sexual chemistry - to the horror and confusion of their fellow hosts.
“Uh, I don’t know what’s going on,” a stunned Mike Barnicle, played by cast member Bobby Moynihan, admitted.
The sketch wasn’t strictly Trump-free. At one point the two hosts take a phone call from a new White House publicist named John Miller, one of the aliases the real Trump allegedly used to call into various newspapers to promote himself in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
“I’m just celebrating the fantastic success we had in Congress yesterday, with the new health care law,” Miller said, voiced off-screen by Alec Baldwin, who has portrayed Trump on the show since the 2016 election. “After Congress voted, we had a party. There was beer. The disaster that was Obamacare has finally been repealed.”
Miller’s jubilant tone changed when Moffat’s Scarborough reminded him that the bill only passed the House, and it will still need to pass through the Senate before Obamacare is fully repealed and replaced.
“What now?” Miller asked. “But there was beer. You know what, we’re going to look into this. Talk to you soon. Buh-bye.”
Considering the busy week in politics, headlined by House Republicans passing their health care plan and Hillary Clinton blaming her election loss on FBI director James Comey, last night’s SNL was surprisingly light on politics.
One sketch did manage to poke fun at White House special counselor and South Jersey native Kellyanne Conway, a once prominent spokeswoman for President Trump who misstatements in the press have relegated her to speaking about the administration at odd hours on Fox News.
The skit, a spoof of the former PBS show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, featured two young kids competing for a trip to Sacramento. But neither seem too excited about the prospect of finding the missing Trump aide.
“Are you guys ready to help us find Kellyanne Conway?” the show’s enthusiastic host, played by cast member Mikey Day, asked.
“Well, we don’t want to find her,” the shrugging kids responded.