“Welcome to the second, and worst ever, Presidential Debate.”
That’s how Cecily Strong opened last night’s ‘SNL,’ and oh, was it a sign of things to come. From the shots of whiskey Anderson Cooper (new featured player Alex Moffat) and Martha Raddatz (Strong) took to open the forum, to Alec Baldwin’s comedy-as-public service version of Donald Trump’s cluelessness (“I love the kids,” he replies to a question. “I love them so much, I’d marry them.”), this cold open hit all of the same ridiculous notes this past week has.
When Kate McKinnon-as-Hillary Clinton was answering questions, Alec Trump-win stalked her like prey, a mirror image of his inspiration. But the soundtrack to this hunt? Music from “Jaws,” oh-so-perfectly fit the mood. The whole sketch is hilarious and on point, but so is the portrayal of America’s newest sweetheart. That’s right, we’ve entered the Bone Zone.
Bobby Moynihan plays Ken Bone like that big guy at the back of the hockey arena who takes his shirt off and dances whenever his team scores a goal — in a word, perfectly. The whole sketch is an absurdist fever dream, but so is this election season.