Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News took center stage on Saturday during the cold open of Episode 14 of this season’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner and Bowen Yang, who tried to explain recently released Fox host text messageswho cast doubt on the 2020 voter fraud claims despite their on-air credibility, insisting that only a portion of those emails were published.
Day noted that a real text saying “Rudy Giuliani is crazy” was supposed to read “incredibly hot, and I want to lick that dye off his head”, a reference to a case where Giuliani’s hair dye ran.
The trio then invited Trump supporter Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, to the program. Played by SNL’s new Trump impersonator James Austin, Lindell, though warned not to say anything derogatory about Dominion due to the lawsuit, went on to announce that each voting machine actually contained “an oompa-loompa Venezuelan inside who eats the votes with his little mouth.”
Host Travis Kelce, the tight end of the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs (who had his whole family, including his brother Jason, center for the losing Philadelphia Eagles) brought a John Cena-esque vibe to the ‘issue. And he handled the comedy with style. Jason even made a skit of it, playing alongside his brother as Gardner’s new boyfriend.
In one particularly funny pre-recorded clip, Yang is seen with a group of women before turning to the camera and, in the style of a prescription drug commercial, beginning a pitch for Straight Male Friend, the low-key boyfriend. effort for any gay man where the interactions are wonderfully superficial, like playing video games and eating chicken wings.
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“Does Straight Male Friend offer the same deep, nurturing relationship I have with my daughters? No,” Yang says. “Does Straight Male Friend know my last name? No. But that’s kind of the beauty of it.”
Kelce and Gardner teamed up again for a skit where they play reunited lovers who are interrupted in bed by Yang, playing Garrett from the dating app Hinge, who wore a t-shirt with Stewie Griffin from “Family Guy”.
The highlight of the sketch was that Gardner repeatedly snapped, as Yang struck a pose as Stewie, then disappeared into a bathroom to try and convince himself not to kill them both. .
Eventually, Kelce invites Yang to bed with the two of them, at which point Gardner completely gives up hope of keeping a straight face.