Comedian Chris Rock mocked Donald Trump during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live saying, ‘My heart goes out to COVID’ following the president’s diagnosis.
The show’s Season 46 premiere hit the ground running with jabs at the president, who is being treated for COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland.
‘President Trump’s in the hospital from COVID and you know, I just want to say my heart goes out to COVID,’ Rock, 55, joked as the small live crowd laughed.
Rock explained how the show took extra precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 7million people in the US and killed more than 209,000.
Comedian Chris Rock mocked Donald Trump during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, saying, ‘My heart goes out to COVID’ following the president’s diagnosis
Rock opened the show’s 46th season premiere on Saturday, stepping on stage with a mask on. He poked fun at the show’s coronavirus precautions saying, ‘I haven’t had so much stuff up my nose since I shared a dressing room with Chris Farley!’
Rock spoke before a small live audience of first responders who cheered and clapped
‘There are so many protocols. Everybody in the audience has been checked and all week I’ve had things going up my nose every day I come in here,’ Rock said.
‘I haven’t had so much stuff up my nose since I shared a dressing room with Chris Farley!’ he added, referring to the late comedian and SNL alumn.
Rock expressed dismay over the country’s politics, calling for the end of the presidency altogether.
He quipped Joe Biden ‘should be the last president ever’ and ‘we need a whole new system’.
‘I mean, what job do you have for four years no matter what? Just show me one job. Like, if you hired a cook and he was making people vomit every day. Do you sit there and go, “Well, he’s got a four-year deal. We just gotta vomit for four more years.”
He joked that being the president of the US has more relaxed qualifications than a game show does.
‘I mean, to be the president of the United States, all you have to be is 35 and born in the United States,’ Rock said.
Trump pictured working in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday
On Saturday Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, shared a press conference where he muddled the timeline of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment
A view of the Walter Reed Medical Center above
In Staten Island, New York locals prayed for Trump’s health following his COVID-19 diagnosis
‘There should be some rules to being the president. You realize there’s more rules to a game show than running for president? Like, Donald Trump left a game show to run for president because it was easier,’ he joked.
‘You can’t just throw your son on Jeopardy, or your son-in-law. Steve Harvey can’t put his family on Family Feud,’ pointing to how Trump filled the White House with his family members such as Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner as advisors.
Rock threw jabs across the aisle criticizing Democrats saying, ‘Do the Democrats even want to win?’
‘The Democrats just keep putting up 75-year-old people to run against Trump,’ he joked.
He ended his monologue urging viewers to vote in the election, just one month away.
‘Hey, we’ve got to take this serious. We’ve got to get out there, we’ve got to vote,’ he said.
The cold open saw Alec Baldwin reprise his role as President Trump and Jim Carrey debut as Joe Biden to spoof last week’s tumultuous presidential debate in Cleveland
Carrey debuted his Biden impression. When he came out on stage, he sported Biden’s signature aviator sunglasses
Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live for the premiere of its 46th season and reprised his role as President Trump. In the image above, the president brags about his ‘mask’, which is really a pair of pink thong underwear
‘But they don’t want us to vote. The government does not want you to vote. Why do I know they don’t want you to vote? Because Election Day is a Tuesday in November. If this show was ‘Tuesday Night Live,’ it would have got canceled in 1975,’ he added.
The political punches rolled throughout Saturday evening’s show.
The cold open saw Alec Baldwin reprise his role as President Trump and Jim Carrey debut as Joe Biden to spoof last week’s tumultuous presidential debate in Cleveland.
In the sketch Biden received meditation guidance from Harry Styles to keep his anger in check, Trump brought out a pink thong which he said was his face mask, Trump steamrolled over helpless moderator Chris Wallace and Kamala Harris, played by Maya Rudolph, scolded both candidates as if they were children.
The actual debate was slammed by political pundits, critics and viewers alike as the worst debate in American history for its chaotic nature, filled with interjections and insults as moderator Wallace was unable to mute the candidates’ microphones.
Beck Bennett portrayed the hapless Chris Wallace who struggled to gain control of the first presidential debate on Tuesday
Harris then appears to bring order to the out-of-control debate, while remarking that America needs a ‘WAP – woman as president’
In the sketch Wallace asks Trump to keep quiet and he responds: ‘Tell that to my adderall, Chris.’
‘Now let’s get this show on the road and off the rails.’
In the sketch, Biden brags that he has ’46 fantastic ideas that I may or may not have access to’ – a reference to the perceived cognitive decline that has led some to question if the 77-year-old former vice president is too old to serve as commander-in-chief.
In the SNL sketch, Trump expresses his excitement for his Supreme Court nominee, ‘Amy Cristina Barcelona.’
In real life, the nominee’s name is Amy Coney Barrett. The SNL sketch had Trump’s character confuse her name with the title of the 2008 Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
‘It was so nice to welcome her with open arms and uncovered faces,’ the SNL parody version of Trump says in the sketch.
The joke was a reference to the White House reception for Coney Barrett held last Saturday, an event which is now thought to be the ‘super spreader’ that may have resulted in COVID-19 infections of several who attended.
Towards the end of the sketch Carrey playing Biden pulled out a remote control and paused the president, muting him.
‘I think we all needed a break. Isn’t that satisfying? Just to not hear his voice for a single goddamn second,’ he quipped as the live audience cheered.