“Saturday Night Live” juiced up its parody of Thursday’s final presidential debate with a cameo by Kate McKinnon’s Rudy Giuliani, fresh off the former New York City mayor’s embarrassing cameo in the new “Borat” sequel.
In the opening sketch, which featured Maya Rudolph as debate moderator Kristen Welker, President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) tried to avoid revealing his coronavirus and healthcare plans when he wasn’t mistaking Welker for Hoda Kotb, Padma Lakshmi and Mindy Kaling.
“I’d love to show the plan, but I can’t. It’s under audit, like my taxes,” Trump said of his supposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. “If you don’t believe me, you can talk to my lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.”
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Cut to Rudy with his back to the camera, apparently fussing with his midsection. It’s an allusion to a scene in “Borat 2,” in which Giuliani is caught with his hand in his pants while in a hotel room with a young female reporter. Giuliani said he was tucking his shirt into his pants after having his microphone removed and called the scene “a complete fabrication.”
On “SNL,” McKinnon’s Rudy sputters as he turns around, surprised to be on camera.
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“What? What? No! No!” he exclaims. “It’s not what it looks like. My microphone was stuck on my (genitals). Is this another ‘Borat’? You’ve got to tell me if it’s a ‘Borat.’ “
The “second and ‘praise Jesus’ final presidential debate,” as Rudolph’s Welker calls it, also featured Democratic nominee Joe Biden (Jim Carrey). Carrey smartly backed away from an element of craziness seen in previous weeks that doesn’t reflect Biden’s personality, but still didn’t get the former vice president’s character traits, and therefore parody potential, right.
Still, Carrey had a couple of good moments: When his Biden got charged up talking about coronavirus, the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” played, with Welker saying the Democratic nominee was “Eastwooding it a little bit.”
Later, Welker pulled out her Biden Bingo card after he uttered his signature phrase, “Malarkey!,” which required players to drink a shot after each mention. Rudolph’s moderator was a bit tipsy by the time Biden’s Carrey repeated the old-time term again.