Trump-Biden Debate Skit Propels SNL Ratings

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Finally, some positive ratings news.

This weekend’s Saturday Night Live season premiere drew 7.8 million viewers. Saturday’s episode, hosted by Chris Rock, is the highest-rated premiere in four years.

It cold-opened with a newsworthy presidential debate skit. Alec Baldwin returned as President Donald Trump. Jim Carrey debuted as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

SNL was much-needed after another wild 2020 week that elevated the country to yet another level of chaos.

Baldwin’s Trump interruptions and expressions were on point.

Carrey likewise nailed his Biden impression. He consistently started and ended his answers merely with a Biden-like “here’s the deal” and nothing more.

Maya Rudolph returned as Sen. Kamala Harris but didn’t help. SNL played Harris off as a babysitter for the two men. For Biden it worked, but it made no sense with Trump.

The NBC show, of course, couldn’t help itself. Clearly, the segment was designed to push Biden as the sane candidate. In the end, Biden “muted” Trump and then went on a lengthy monologue about karma and science teaming up against the president, who tested positive for COVID-19.

SNL had a golden opportunity to poke fun at Biden’s past uses of the teleprompter, referring to an Iowa voter as “fat,” and numerous other gaffes.

I would’ve preferred SNL to mock all parties equally, including Chris Wallace. Despite having many ways to parody his behavior, SNL let the moderator, who was panned by Trump and Biden supporters alike, off too easy.

I give it a 6. You?

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

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  1. Haven’t watched SNL in 5 years, and haven’t watched it consistently for over 20. In Living Color is my favorite all time Live sketch show, and Chappelle’s Show was #1 overall as far as I’m concerned. They made fun of EVERYONE.

    SNL went woke a long time ago, and the comedy went with it.

  2. I thought it was pretty good, except the end as well. They made Joe look as incoherent as he is. At one point, Jim Carey was like, “All I need to do is stand here and look lucid…” and then stood there looking the opposite. Pretty good skit. The end, not so much, but to be honest a mute on Trump would’ve probably helped him at some points in the debate.

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