The stand-up comedian delivered an inexplicable “both sides” bit about Biden and Trump just three days before the 2020 election.


John Mulaney is undeniably one of the funniest stand-up comedians working right now. His extended bit comparing Donald Trump to a “horse loose in a hospital” from his excellent 2018 special Kid Gorgeous at Radio City is arguably one of the best jokes ever told about the 45th President of the United States.

But during an otherwise solid monologue in the final Saturday Night Live episode before the 2020 election, the host delivered a major miss when talking about the race between Trump and Joe Biden.

After a handful of jokes about the coronavirus and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mulaney told viewers, “Oh, yes, I’m supposed to make an announcement. On November 3rd there is an elderly man contest.”

“So there’s two elderly men and you’re supposed to pick your favorite of the elderly men,” he continued. “You can put it in the mail or you can go and write down which elderly man you like and we’ll add them all up. Then we might have the same elderly man or we might have a new elderly man.”

“But just rest assured, no matter what happens, nothing much will change in the United States,” he said, inexplicably. “The rich will continue to prosper while the poor languish. Families will be upended by mental illness and drug addiction. Jane Lynch will continue to book lots of projects.”

Those three examples may be broadly true, but for Mulaney to tell the millions of people watching SNL three days before the election that there is essentially no difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden can only be described as deeply irresponsible.