SNL Cold Open Features GOP Post-Kavanaugh Victory Party

One last Kavanaugh Cold Open.

Last night’s Saturday Night Live Cold Open captured the Republican celebration after securing the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh:

There were no surprise celebrity guests to come to the rescue of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend — no return visits from Matt Damon as Judge Brett Kavanaugh or Alec Baldwin as President Trump. So the show’s ensemble cast was on its own, for better or for worse, to address Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court in its cold opening, just a few hours after the narrow Senate vote.

This broadcast, hosted by the comic actress Awkwafina (“Ocean’s 8,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) — one of the very few Asian women to host the show in its history — and featuring the musical guest Travis Scott, made an oblique acknowledgment of the representation issues that “S.N.L.” frequently faces. The episode also addressed, in comic fashion, a controversial speech that the rapper Kanye West made on set in support of Trump last week after the closing credits rolled.

But first, that cold open.

In a sketch purporting to be a TV broadcast from a raucous, revelry-filled Republican locker room, Heidi Gardner played the CNN correspondent Dana Bash, quizzing various senators who were cheering Kavanaugh’s appointment. “There a lot of pacemakers being put to the test tonight,” she said.

Beck Bennett, playing Mitch McConnell, declared, “Republicans read the mood of the country and we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh. Everyone’s pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”

Kate McKinnon, returning as Lindsey Graham, proudly asked, “How amazing is this? We made a lot of women real worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant so I don’t care.”

Cecily Strong appeared as Susan Collins, who announced her support for Kavanaugh in a speech on Friday afternoon. “Oh please, the last thing I wanted was to make this about me,” Strong said. “That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3 p.m., so I could tell all my female supporters: Psych!” She added that she and her colleagues were “going to party like it’s 2020 when Susan Rice takes my seat.”

Representing the Democratic side of the aisle, Alex Moffat played Chuck Schumer, who observed, “We thought this time would be better than the Anita Hill hearing, because Dr. Ford was white. But then it turned out Brett Kavanaugh was white too, and we were completely blindsided by that.”

Here’s the video:

The only thing missing was Matt Damon’s Brett Kavanaugh, but he was probably hosting a kegger across the street at the Supreme Court.

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  1. An Interested Party says:

    This sketch wasn’t that far from the truth, with so many Republicans gloating about their great victory…let’s see if their still gloating after November 6th…

  2. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    And the side that won is indignant and outraged… still. Whazzup wid dat? Hearing footsteps behind you?

  3. reid says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: I think that’s the only thing they can do anymore.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    The gloating does seem to be a bit hollow…one would think these people would be so happy…and yet, they’re still so bitter…

  5. michilines says:

    Didn’t Kavanaugh himself say what goes around comes around? I’m thinking that he will have to recuse himself on cases, be a pain to Roberts, and mostly hang with Thomas to avoid the ladies 🙂 — which won’t be pleasant — Thomas is a downer that won’t be fun for the party boy.