For the fourth time in four seasons, Saturday Night Live host John Mulaney paid tribute to Broadway with an elaborate ode to the currently dimmed Great White Way. But before that, the comedian (and former SNL scribe) turned heads with an opening monologue about the presidential election between 74-year-old incumbent Donald Trump and 77-year-old challenger Joe Biden.
During a stretch that remained politically neutral, the two-time Emmy winner implied that “nothing much will change” regardless of who reigns victorious on Election Day (or days thereafter, once all votes are tallied).
“On Nov. 3, there’s an elderly man contest,” he said. “There’s two elderly men, and you’re supposed to choose your favorite of the two elderly men… We might have the same elderly man, or we might have a new elderly man. But rest assured, no matter what happens, nothing much will change in the United States. The rich will continue to prosper, while the poor languish. Families will be upended by mental illness and drug addiction, [and] Jane Lynch will continue to book lots of projects — and when she does, she’ll deliver. She’s so good at being on TV.”
The season’s final pre-election episode opened with a cautionary tale read aloud by Jim Carrey’s Biden. He was joined by Trump’s 2016 challenger Hillary Clinton (again played by Kate McKinnon), who warned of a potentially rigged result (watch here). That was followed by an even stronger digital short that harped on voter suppression (watch below).
What sketches stood out this week? And what missed the mark? Grade the episode, then scroll down for all the highlights (including musical guest The Strokes) and lowlights. (Next week, Dave Chappelle!)