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Opening ‘SNL’ Starring Kanye West, Herschel Walker, ‘Super Mario Bros’ – The Hollywood Reporter


Saturday night live didn’t waste time before touching on some of the biggest news of the week – Kanye “Ye” West, Herschel Walker and Super Mario Bros. movie.

The cold open has a game show called So you think you won’t Snapwhere host Bowen Yang reads the news individually to four people SNL to see how long it would take them to “catch” the news.

Heidi Gardner went first, immediately after watching a clip of President Joe Biden talking about his mental acuity. It was followed by Chloe Fineman, who was prompted with questions about Walker, referring to the announcement that he supported a total ban on abortion. Soon after, a woman approached, saying that Walker urged her to have two abortions.

“Well, I bet it would come back and bite him in the ass,” Fineman told Yang, to which he replied, “That really led to his best fundraiser day ever. ”

Yang told Fineman, who is playing a tight-lipped mom, that 86% of kids want to be influencer, which has started to excite her a bit. When Yang showed her a clip from Super Mario Bros. trailer and told her Chris Pratt was voicing the video game character, she was cranky.

“He’s supposed to be Italian!” Fineman said.

Devon Walker, a new featured player on SNL This season, closed game show sketches open cold. Yang prompted Walker with the news that 401Ks were down 20%, and that Mars company announced an orange M&M that now had concerns, before bringing up West.

Yang told Walker: “This week Kanye West called Lizzo’s fans ‘devil’. “OK. Bring up Kanye, okay,” Walker replied. When Yang pointed out that West had decided to open a private school and had never read a book in his life, Walker was even more annoyed, asking Yang. Can they change the subject?

“Let’s move on to Tucker Carlson,” Yang said. “Last night Tucker Carlson sat with Kanye West,” he said, at Walker’s plea, “Hey, man, have a heart, come on?!”

Yang replied, “You’re right. You’re right. Come into the fashion world – with a photo of Kanye,” he said, showing a photo of West and Candace Owens in a “White Lives Matters” shirt. Walker snapped.

Brendan Gleeson’s opening monologue features a surprise appearance from In Bruges and Inisherin’s Banshees co-star Colin Farrell, who also starred in other sketches throughout the night. In the monologue, Gleeson talks about how people might recognize him from his long career but don’t know where they’ve seen him.

After the opening monologue, Yang, Mikey Day, and Andrew Dismukes transformed into Try Guys for a poignant sketch of the cheating scandal they faced recently.

Ego Nwodim asked the Try Guys, clearly confused, “Your friend had an extra chicken, and you fired him?”

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