Do you miss so think you can dance? Saturday Night Live offers a contemporary alternative to the Fox reality show.
The late night sketch series opened this weekend’s episode with So You Think You Can Get the Vaccine, hosted by Kate McKinnon’s Dr. Anthony Fauci. To clear up confusion over the coronavirus vaccine launch, the parody of the game show gave five everyday Americans (and one hugely unpopular Senator) a chance to battle for eligibility.
To determine a winner, Biden’s chief medical officer introduced a group of well-known governors: California’s Gavin Newsom (Alex Moffatt), New York’s Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson) and Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer (Cecily Strong). When asked how the Golden State is holding up a year after the pandemic, Newsom replied, “Teeth white, body firm, COVID pretty bad.”
Among the eager candidates was a Michigander who voted for Whitmer to be kidnapped; a young woman so eager to meet her mysterious husband that she came disguised as a senior (badly) to deceive the judges; and Ted Cruz (Aidy Bryant), fresh from his CPAC appearance. To win the governors over, the Texas Senator tried stand-up comedy.
“I’m sorry if my arms are tired,” he said. “I just flew back from Cancun, Mexico … can you really blame a brother for wanting some sun?”
In the end, the judges reached a unanimous decision: the single dose went to the elder Seymour Foreman … as long as he knew how to book an appointment online. If not, well … good luck next time!
SNL continued to confirm COVID-19 during the opening monologue. First-time host Nick Jonas was joined by McKinnon, Strong, Kenan Thompson and Beck Bennett to greet Broadway, New York City and all those affected during the pandemic.
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