(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live came out swinging against the nation’s state of affairs, leaving no stone unturned when premiering its first episode of 2021.
Kate McKinnon opened the show by hosting the spoof talk show “What Still Works?” that tackled the controversy of freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, the highly criticized vaccine rollout, social media outlets, the stock market and the Super Bowl.
First off, McKinnon grilled Cecily Strong’s Greene about her beliefs, with Strong quipping, “How much time you got?”
“For you? Very little,” McKinnon shoots back and smiles emotionlessly as Strong touts her conspiracy theories, such as the Parkland shooting being a hoax and “the California wildfires were caused by Jewish space lasers.”
When McKinnon asks how Congress reacted to her controversial beliefs, Strong replied, “I was promoted to the Education Committee!”
Pete Davidson, spoofing a GameStop investor that is enjoying the mayhem on Wall Street, was up next — causing McKinnon to lose faith in the stock market.
Mikey Day and Alex Moffat join McKinnon as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, respectively, to confirm if banning former President Donald Trump and alt-right conspiracists was the right move.
“It seems to have forced those people onto darker, scarier apps where their delusion and bloodlust can run wild,” says Day’s ultra-quarantined bearded Dorsey.
Moffat’s zany Zuckerberg cracks that Facebook still works because it allowed friends to meet in real life, like at the U.S. Capitol.
Kenan Thompson joins as O.J. Simpson to parody the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with McKinnon deadpanning that the former NFL star was “Among the first 3 percent of all Americans given the vaccine.”
The only thing that still works, according to McKinnon? Tom Brady, as played by John Krasinski.
Saturday’s episode was hosted by Krasinski, with Machine Gun Kelly as musical guest.