NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” lampooned Democratic unease about the midterm elections, with James Austin Johnson’s President Biden introducing a new roster of celebrity candidates in the show’s cold open.
“My fellow Americans, this Tuesday our midterm elections will decide the fate of our democracy, and let’s just say, big yikes. What’s going on? I guess the Democrats’ message just ain’t getting through,” the fake president said.
“We don’t have any starts anymore. Too many Raphael Warnocks and not enough Herschel Walkers, which is why we’re going to make some last minute changes before Tuesday with the Democrats who are exciting.”
Biden then went on to introduce Chloe Fineman as author Marianne Williamson, who said she had caught the “American dream” in her “Tibetan singing bowl.”
Molly Kearney’s Guy Fieri already had extensive political experience as “the mayor of flavor town,” Biden quipped.
“America’s hungry for change”. What, do y’all want Dr. Oz’s crudité or a full plate of paid family leave dripping in donkey sauce?,” the candidate asked.
Rapper 6ix9ine, played by Marcello Hernández, was described as Johnson’s Biden as a “terrifying young man.”
“I want no cap on social security, no cap. Democrats, baby, treyway,” he shouted.
Former Donald Trump paramour Stormy Daniels said she was “willing to debase herself” by trading porn for politics, and rapper Azealia Banks (Ego Nwodim) and former SNL funnyman Tracy Morgan (Kenan Thompson) rounded out the Democratic hopefuls.
Comic Amy Schumer hosted the show, and R&B singer Steve Lacy performed his songs “Bad Habit” and Helmet.”
Emmy winning guest host Dave Chappelle was set to return to the show next week with reunited Brooklyn rap supergroup Black Star.