“SNL” Parodies Michigan Hearings in Cold Open

Featuring an inspired, if expected, bit of casting

Kate McKinnon
Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani on "Saturday Night Live."

Well, Twitter called it. On Wednesday, at a hearing at the Michigan state legislature on the recent election, a witness called by Rudy Giuliani adopted an argumentative tone that seemed on the verge of self-parody. More than a few people online compared the witness’s manner of speaking to Cecily Strong’s recurring Saturday Night Live character, the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With.

So when it came time for this week’s SNL to riff on the legislative hearing in question — which the show did in its cold open — it wasn’t shocking that Strong effectively reprised her character, albeit wearing what looked like a massive blonde wig.

Also in the mix? Kate McKinnon as a farting Rudy Giuliani and Pete Davidson as a fossils-obsessed would-be kidnapper, among others. The end result made for one of the better political cold opens the show has done in a while — in part because the event parodied meant the show could bring in a number of characters without any wearing out their welcome, and in part because the bits within the sketch were, by and large, very funny.

Can one sketch successfully encompass incisive satire and fart jokes? This one certainly gives it a shot, and largely pulls it off.

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