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‘SNL’: Joe Biden Blames COVID Surge on ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ in Cold Open

After taking a few weeks off for the holidays, “Saturday Night Live” has returned to Studio 8H for the first episode of 2022.

“Saturday Night Live” opened by taking aim at President Joe Biden, the box office hit “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and national fatigue after two years of the coronavirus pandemic.

The sketch shows “SNL” having player James Austin Johnson return to the role of President Biden, who expressed his disappointment during a press conference with reporters about the magnitude of the latest COVID surge. .

“There’s one simple thing you can do to make this whole virus go away: Don’t watch ‘Spider-Man’,” Johnson’s Biden said at a news conference, as he addressed the surge in COVID-19 cases. .

“Now that I think about it, when did ‘Spider-Man’ come out?” he asks. “December 17. When do people get omicrons? The week after December 17. Stop watching ‘Spider-Man’. That’s really all I have to say.”

The president then opened up to questions from reporters, who pressed him about whether that was really his solution to all of America’s problems.

One reporter asked, “Do you really just blame the entire spread of omicrons on people watching ‘Spider-Man?'”

“I did. Right. Next question,” Biden said.

“Do you think all of COVID will be over if people stop going to the movies?” Bowen Yang’s reporter asked. “I’m not saying don’t go to the movies,” Johnson’s Biden replied. “I told you not to watch ‘Spider-Man’. See anything else. I watched the first half hour of ‘House of Gucci.’ It’s more than enough film for anyone.”

When another reporter, played by Heidi Gardner, asked Johnson’s Biden if it was based on any data, he replied, “Yes. Everyone in America has seen ‘Spider-Man’ eight times. Everyone in America has COVID too.”

Later in the skit, a report asked, “Have you seen ‘Spider-Man?'”

“I couldn’t afford a ticket, and I was on the stub A-list,” he said. “Me and Jill tried to get in last night and they only had one seat in the front row. What can I do? Ask Jill to go see ‘Encanto’ alone? “

The skit follows a particularly difficult week for President Biden, with increase coronavirus, Supreme Court prevented employer immunization duties and His agenda stalled on Capitol Hill.

Therefore, another reporter asked, “Mr. Mr. President, isn’t the real reason you can’t pass the Voting Rights Act is because members of your own party refuse to remove the violation? “

Johnson’s Biden replied, “It’s true. Spider-Man has his villains. I have Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Only if one of Spider-Man’s villains sees Kyrsten Sinema. , they’ll say, ‘Hey honey, that outfit is a bit too much.”

The cold opening closes with “SNL” Pete Davidson regularly appearing as President of the United States from the “real world” alternate timeline. Davidson told the audience that Joe Biden as President is part of a parallel timeline “starting in 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.”

“Am I the president in this real world?” Biden asked.

Pete Davidson’s Biden replied, “Of course not. Do you really think you’ll lose four times and finally win when you’re 78 years old? “

“What about the rest? Are we okay in the real world? ” Gardner asked, Davidson replied, “Everybody on Earth is better off in the real world, except for a man named Pete Davidson. This world is probably more fun for him. ”

Ariana DeBose, star and recent Golden Globe winner of “Western Stories,” begins her monologue by discussing her legacy and rekindling New York’s theater community, which has been suffered a lot of whips with closures due to pandemic conditions.

“We are a persistent community. Broadway changes lives. It changed mine. It has this magical ability to bring people together. We can all use a little bit of Broadway right now,” DeBose said.

As she spoke, Kate McKinnon stepped out to join DeBose in a duet on one of the classic tunes of “West Side Story,” “Tonight.”

The first draft of the night featured a group of sports news anchored on ESPN. Kenan Thompson (Charles Barkley), Chris Redd (Kenny Smith) and Ariana DeBose (Candace Parker) chat about the NBA and how they’re dealing with a particular COVID situation. Bowen Yang also has an interesting appearance to replace Shaquille O’Neal.

The night’s pre-recorded first sketch highlights a “serious, high-margin” remake of the iconic ’90s show, “Family Matters.” Chris Redd impersonated the popular sitcom character, Steve Urkel, making the series dramatic and dark.

“All the characters you love in the 90s, without any fun or charm,” the voiceover said.

In another press conference-related sketch, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, played by actor Chris Redd, lays out the questions that need to be addressed in the past few weeks since he was sworn into office. Mayor.

After Roddy Ricch had to cancel his “SNL” performance due to COVID-related reasons Earlier this week, the band Bleachers replaced him.

Next week Will Forte is scheduled to host “SNL” with musical guest Måneskin.

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