Saturday Night Live opened with an Anthony Fauci-hosted game show, So You Think You Can Get The Vaccine, a riff on the confusion over just who can get a vaccine now and who can’t.
With Kate McKinnon returning as Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the skit provided an opportunity for the show to also get in a few satirical digs at three Democratic governors facing political turbulence: the judges on the game show are Gavin Newsom (Alex Moffatt), Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson) and Gretchen Whitmer (Cecily Strong).
“He’s hated by every single person in California except those 10 people he had dinner with in Napa that one time,” Fauci said as he introduced the governor of the Golden state.
“What can I say. I love dinner,” Newsom said.
Then to Cuomo, who was spoofed last week. Since then, though, he was accused of sexual harassment by two women, although he denied the allegations.
McKinnon’s Fauci introduced him with this: “He’s currently under fire for futzing with dead people and also for the kind of sexual harassment allegations that make it you, yeah, I could see that.”
“Hello, nice bodies, some of you,” Cuomo said. “I know. I know. I am in the friggin doghouse again. Remember when your favorite movie was my PowerPoints? Remember, ‘Today is Tuesday!’ Why can’t we go back to that? I mean, come on.”
Then to Whitmer, introduced as someone who “narrowly escaped being kidnapped by a group of men whose fingerprints probably have Cheetos dust on them.”
Whitmer said, “It is an honor to be here with my fellow governors. People yell at them about their policies and they yell at me, ‘Get her!’ But that’s life.”
The contestants each had to show why they qualified for getting a vaccine, making the argument for why they were “essential” or somehow warrant it at this point.
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