The $1.6 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Polling Systems against Fox News took center stage Saturday during the opening sketch of “Saturday Night Live.”
Standing in for the real “Fox & Friends” trio were Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner and Bowen Yang, who tried to explain away recently revealed texts sent by Fox hosts that cast doubt on complaints of election fraud in 2020 despite the fact that gave them credibility on the air, and insisted on that only a portion of these emails were released.
Day noted that real text saying “Rudy Giuliani is insane” was meant to read “crazy hot and I want to lick that dye off his head,” a reference to an accident when Giuliani’s hair dye apparently ran under a press conference at the Republic National Committee headquarters.
The trio then invited Trump supporter Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, to the program and warned him to avoid saying anything disparaging about Dominion because of the lawsuit. Played by SNL’s new Trump impersonator James Austin Johnson, Lindell went on to announce that each voting machine actually contained “a Venezuelan oompa-loompa inside eating the votes with his little mouth.”
Host Travis Kelce, the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs tight end (who had his entire family in attendance, including brother Jason, center for the losing Philadelphia Eagles) brought a big John Cena vibe to the show. And he handled the comedy with style. Jason Kelce even made it into a skit playing opposite his brother as Gardner’s new girlfriend.
In a fun, pre-recorded piece, Yang is seen with a group of women before turning to the camera and, in the style of a prescription drug commercial, begins a pitch for the Straight Male Friend, the effortless friend to every gay man, the interactions blissfully shallow , such as playing video games and eating hot wings.
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“Does Straight Male Friend provide the same deep, rewarding relationship that I have with my girls? No,” says Yang. “Does Straight Male Friend know my last name? No. But that’s part of the beauty of it.”
Kelce and Gardner teamed up again for a skit in which they play reunited lovers who are interrupted in bed by Yang, playing Garrett from the dating app Hinge, who was wearing a Stewie Griffin T-shirt from “Family Guy “.
The highlight of the sketch was Gardner cracking up on a number of occasions when Yang posed as Stewie and then disappeared into a bathroom to try to convince himself not to kill the two of them.
In the end, Kelce invites Yang to bed with both of them, after which Gardner completely abandons all hope of keeping a straight face.