‘SNL’ Cold Open: ‘Fox and Friends’ about Will Smith, Disney, the Trump coup

If you were expecting this week’s “Saturday Night Live” to start with a sketch parodying the Will Smith / Chris Rock bang at the Oscars, you might have been disappointed by the cold openness. (It came later.) The taste was actually mentioned, but it was just one of several topics that were taken up when the show again turned to a Fox News parody to lead the episode.

(Chris Redd later played Smith in a sketch in which host Jerrod Carmichael played a seat-filler sitting next to the star at the moment of the slap.)

This week it was once again on “Fox and Friends,” with hosts Steve Doocy (played by Alex Moffat), Ainsley Earhardt (Heidi Gardner) and Brian Kilmeade (Mikey Day). The hosts welcomed Clarence Thomas (Kenan Thompson) and his wife Ginni Thomas (Kate McKinnon) – whose support for the coup attempt on January 6 has become a lightning rod for scandal.

“I take my duty as Yoko Ono in the Supreme Court very seriously,” McKinnon said as Ginni Thomas. “All I want is a tidal wave of biblical revenge to wash the Biden crime family away all the way to Gitmo, and then we release the Kraken.”

Cecily Strong also hosted Jeanine Pirro. “Later on ‘The Five’, Disney has an exciting new project: to make your kindergarten kids gay!” Strong as Pirro screamed to the audience. “Governor DeSantis signed a bill to protect our precious Florida schools from the dangerous U.S. Ellens and Caitlyns. By the way, Caitlyn Jenner, welcome to the Fox News family! Cinderfellas and the gay Mr. Toad. “

When “Donald Trump” (James Austin Johnson) called in, he was asked about the Smith / Rock Oscars slap. And he responded … by referring to Smith as his character in the movie “Hitch.”

“I saw Slap, I enjoyed slapping. I was very impressed with my Hitch. What an arm on Hitch. I always knew Hitch had an arm. Back in ‘Pursuit of Happyness’, he drags the machine off and on the subway. I thought it was amazing. You know, they slept in the bathroom in that movie. It’s so sad. it’s also a sad night for Hitch. “

Oh, and Trump basically admitted his role in the coup attempt. “I was too busy with burner phone and coup,” he said. “Could have been, should have been, maybe violent is maybe good. They used to be violent all the time. “

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host “Saturday Night Live” on April 2nd. The concert comes one night after the premiere of his HBO special “Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel.”

“I do not want to talk about it,” Carmichael said at the beginning of his monologue. He, of course, referred to Slap. “Aren’t you tired of talking about it? It feels like we’ve been talking about it for so long. This is going to really blow your mind. Can you believe six days have passed? Six days. This happened a week ago. I feel like it happened years ago. I feel like it happened when we all went to high school.

“Like, it feels like it happened somewhere between Jamiroquai and 9/11. Like a place a long, long time ago. It feels like we’ve been living in the wake of our whole lives. It happened on Sunday. On Sunday. “It’s Saturday, brother. Monday was exciting. I do not want to lie. If this was Monday. You would not be able to make me shut up.”

But Carmichael said former producer Lorne Michaels asked him to talk about it during his monologue. “On Friday I made a promise to myself. I promised myself I would never talk about it again. Then Lorne came into my dressing room: ‘I think you should talk.’ He said, ‘the nation must be healed ‘. Carmichael said that Michaels told him. Carmichael remarked that much of the audience has not heard of him. “I am perhaps the least famous host [in ‘SNL’ history]! “

Later, in a sketch, Carmichael sat as a filler next to Smith (Chris Redd), who jumps up and gives Chris Rock a slap – but then behaves as if everything is normal:

In his monologue, Carmichael noted how he came out as gay in the HBO special. The audience applauded – which he said was appreciated, but that’s also why he lives in New York. “If you say you’re gay in New York, you can ride the bus for free and people will give you pizza. You’ll be hosting ‘Saturday Night Live.’ This is the most homosexual thing you can do. “

The thesis, which was recorded in February at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, made headlines because much of it is about Carmichael coming out as gay for the first time in public. The thesis begins with stories about Carmichael’s family history leading up to his own livelihood process. Carmichael talks about the importance of keeping this secret throughout his life and career, and how getting out has changed his relationship with his friends and family.

Carmichael is joined in Studio 8H by Gunna, who also marks her first time on “SNL” musical guest. The Grammy-nominated artist’s latest album, “DS4Ever,” debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Next week, April 9, Jake Gyllenhaal will host “SNL” for the second time. The actor’s next film, “Ambulance”, hits theaters the day before he hosts the show. Camilla Cabello is the musical guest that night and she is performing for the second time. Her appearance is linked to the release of her new album, “Familia”, on April 8th.

For the show on April 16, Lizzo will be the first-time “SNL” host and second-time musical guest.

“SNL” is broadcast on Saturdays at 23:30 ET / 20: 30 PT on NBC. The show, which took a break last week, is also streamed live on Peacock.

“Saturday Night Live” is created and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, and is produced in collaboration with Broadway Video. The sketch show recently featured John Mulaney joining the prestigious “SNL” five-hour club, “Moon Knight” star Oscar Isaac and “The Batman” star Zoe Kravitz as hosts.

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