The Return of SNL

By: Taylor Nute, A&E Editor

tn1041@plymouth.edu

On Saturday, October 3rd, everyone’s favorite sketch comedy series, SNL, returned to TV for it’s 46th season. This season is set to be unlike any other, as it’s coming back in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and America’s biggest presidential election yet is closing in. In typical SNL fashion, both events were used as inspiration for funny sketches, and audiences loved it.

The season premiere opened up with a spoof of the presidential debate that took place on Tuesday, September 29th. The talented Alec Baldwin returned as to his role President Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee Joe Biden was played by none other than Jim Carrey. The two actors made audiences laugh with their banter that mirrored the actual election. Even Kamala Harris (played by Maya Rudolph) made a brief appearance in the cold opening. 

Chris Rock was the host for the show that night, and he delivered laughs as always. Many sketches involved the current pandemic, and how it affected the characters in each sketch (like those who had wanted to go change their name at the legal name change office but can’t because an employee has contracted COVID). Megan Thee Stallion brought two great performances to the show, and she also was featured in the Digital Short song in the middle of the show.

Despite the current chaos, this SNL season premiere brought audiences some laughs for the 1.5 hours it aired and managed to make it feel like everything was normal for a while. Be sure to keep an eye out for future episodes, as they can bring a little bit of laughter to all of our lives during these crazy times.