Cold Open Skewers ‘SNL’ Elon Musk, Britney Spears, Donald Trump
“Saturday Night Live” served Bowen Yang in an Easter Bunny costume for a cold opener that took aim at Elon Musk’s bid for Twitter, Britney Spears’ baby news, beleaguered Majorie Taylor Greene and rambling ramblings of Donald Trump.
The cold open began with a nod to the Coachella music festival that kicked off this weekend in Indio, California. or you’re at Coachella and the ‘mushrooms hit it’.
‘SNL’ star Kate McKinnon donned her Dr. Anthony Fauci duds again as a nod to the fact that a new infectious variant of COVID has begun to drive up infection rates in many states after weeks of decline . McKinnon’s Fauci told viewers he was “like glitter – no matter how hard you try to get rid of me, I’m still in your hair and sometimes in your face.”
The sketch made quick work of other trending topics from the past week. Mikey Day appeared as entrepreneur-investor Musk, who made a $43 billion surprise takeover bid on Twitter on April 14. Day described the eccentric billionaire as stuffy and awkward. “I’m here to officially buy Easter,” he said, offering “23 billion Peeps,” a reference to marshmallow candy sold during the holidays.
Cecily Strong appeared as controversial House Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene carrying a life-size milk chocolate automatic weapon. Strong’s Greene referenced the growing number of anti-LGBT laws on corner issues running through state legislatures in battleground states. She assured viewers that there was “nothing gay” about Easter, although it revolved around “adoring a shirtless guy with great abs – that straight thing,” said Strong’s Greene. “Happy Easter. God bless Russia – I mean, America.
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Chloe Fineman made a brief appearance as Spears, who announced her pregnancy on April 11. Fineman’s Britney twirled for the camera and said she hoped her baby was born ‘happy and healthy and vicariously’.
“SNL” player Chris Redd appeared as New York Mayor Eric Adams. Kyle Mooney has slurred actor Jared Leto, who was recently in PR mode for his latest movie “Morbius.”
The sketch ended with James Austin Johnson reprising his portrayal of former President Trump. Johnson’s Trump rambled incoherently for a few minutes (“White people are being treated horribly in this country. It’s time for baskets, bunnies and, frankly, beanies”).
Yang’s Easter Bunny looks at Trump and responds, “What the hell are you talking about?” To which Johnson’s Trump replies, “I see cookie, I eat cookie” and “I’ve known Little Cesaer a long time. I told him to say ‘Pizza, pizza.’
Lizzo is the episode’s host and musical guest. She opened her monologue in a skin-tight blue mini dress and a sparkly fringed jacket. She introduced her mother, Shari Johnson-Jefferson, to the studio audience.
“I’m surprised I have so many clothes too,” she said. She promised that her first time hosting “SNL” would “set a record for saying ‘bitch’ on live TV.” She also made a note to tell the audience that her presence on the 8H stage of “SNL” is a testament to hard work and confidence in herself.
“I am living proof of that,” she says. “Before, I lived in my car. Now I’m here to host “Saturday Night Live”. “
Lizzo appeared in several sketches before delivering her first musical performance. She introduced herself with characteristic humour. “Ladies and gentlemen,” she said looking at the camera, “Me! »
Dressed in a yellow sequined bodysuit and high top sneakers, Lizzo performed an energetic take on her new release “About Damn Time.” She later returned, in a segment hosted by her mother, in a hot pink mini dress for a moving rendition of another new track, “Special.”
In the commercial release following the “Weekend Update” segment with Colin Jost and Michael Che, “SNL” paid tribute to comedy star Gilbert Gottfried, who died April 12 at age 67.