‘S.N.L.’ Takes on Marjorie Taylor Greene and GameStop


It was just over a month ago that “Saturday Night Live” said farewell to the Trump era, and what followed was perhaps the most historically significant hiatus in the show’s history: In the weeks that followed, America has seen a riot that breached the Capitol; the second impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump; and the inauguration of President Biden. How does a late-night sketch comedy show even begin to process this?

“S.N.L.” raised the curtain on 2021 by asking “What Still Works?”, a question posed in the title of a would-be talk show hosted by the cast member Kate McKinnon. “It’s a new year and we have a new president so some things should work,” she explained. “But do they?”

Her first guest was Cecily Strong playing Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican congresswoman from Georgia who has embraced false conspiracy theories on subjects like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and endorsed the execution of Democratic politicians on social media before she was elected to Congress.

“You represent the U.S.,” McKinnon said to her in disbelief. “People can Google you and it’ll say she’s a real member of the U.S. government?”

Strong replied, “That might not be the first thing that comes up, but yes.”

What starts off looking like a friendly game night among neighbors in a suburban Covid pod gradually falls apart as its participants are arrested by the F.B.I. for their participation in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Reacting to the shock of his fellow attendees, Beck Bennett, who played the first of several guests to be hauled away, said he had participated in the riot “because I care about our nation and its Constitution — so I wiped jelly on a statue and put Pelosi’s phone down my pants.”

“What else was I supposed to do?” he asked. “The guy I wanted to win didn’t win.”

Over at the Weekend Update desk, the anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che continued to riff on the Capitol riot, the stock market and the Biden presidency.

Jost began by saying:

Well, guys, a lot has happened since our last show. Some of it was good. The inauguration, that was nice. Christmas, I liked Christmas. And hey, now the terrorist watch list includes white people. So yay for diversity. It’s important to see yourself represented. And of course it’s been a big week for my favorite store at the Staten Island Mall, GameStop. Because a group of guys on Reddit figured out a way to get rich off GameStop while bankrupting a bunch of hedge funds. If you don’t understand how that works, it’s a lot like — and I’ve been waiting so long to reference this — the 2013 magic-themed heist movie “Now You See Me.” It’s about four outsider magicians who use the power of illusion to rob banks. And tonight, if we could all rally together to make “Now You See Me” the No. 1 movie on Hulu, that would be as unlikely as GameStop being the No. 1 stock in America.

Che continued:

President Biden signed an executive order urging U.S. agencies to buy American-made products. Unfortunately, the only products still made in America are tactical gear for white militias and student loan debt.


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