Saturday Night Live parodied Republican senators’ celebration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh being confirmed to the Supreme Court in this weekend’s episode.

The “Cold Open” for the second episode of Season 44 began with veteran SNL cast member Kenan Thompson playing CNN’s Don Lemon, who somberly reported the news of Kavanaugh’s confirmation while correspondent Dana Bash (played by Heidi Gardner) interviewed the jubilant GOP lawmakers in a locker room. The senators were shown smiling, dancing, jumping and waving around towels while making sports analogies to describe the victory, especially baseball ones given the recent start of the MLB playoffs.

“There are a lot of pacemakers being put to the test tonight,” Gardner’s Bash told Thompson’s Lemon.

Beck Bennett, who played Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said: “Republicans read the mood of the country and we could tell they really wanted Kavanaugh. Everyone is pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”

When asked to put the victory in context, Bennett’s McConnell adds: “It’s up there with Vietnam, for sure.”

“We’re going to Kavanaugh this tonight!” interjects Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana (played by Kyle Mooney) at the start of the sketch. “Let’s Ralph ’till we boof!” (a reference to comments Kavanaugh and his high school friends wrote in their yearbook to refer to farting, something the judge said in his Senate testimony).


Kate McKinnon portrayed South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in the sketch. “We made a lot of real women really worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant so I don’t care,” said McKinnon in a southern accent. McKinnon’s Graham went on to make a baseball analogy by saying he and his fellow Republicans had worried the vote for Kavanaugh might be tied, so they would have to bring in Vice President Mike Pence (who would have been the deciding vote in the event of a tie) as their closer to start throwing votes at 100 mph after coming on to Metallica’s Enter Sandman. 

Cecily Strong played Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate who was viewed as a key swing vote for Kavanaugh who ultimately helped secure his confirmation by voting “yes” on Friday. The other GOP senators tried to keep Strong’s Collins from saying too much by covering her mouth in the SNL skit.

“It’s important to believe women until it’s time to stop, but also, I’m a guy’s gal, I can party with the big dogs and we are going to have fun tonight. We’re going to party like it’s 2020, when Susan Rice takes my seat.”

Collins was criticized for supporting the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault while also praising Kavanaugh. Just hours after she voted to approve the judge, a crowd-funding campaign began online to support Rice, who is her opponent in 2020, when Collins is up for re-election.

Pete Davidson played Arizona Sen. Jeff Flakeanother swing Republican who voted to confirm Kavanaugh. “Obviously I was really sad about the whole process, as you can tell from my resting bitch face,” said Davidson’s Flake. Before he can finish the next sentence, McKinnon’s Graham hilariously throws a pie in his face.

Finally, Alex Moffat played Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York. “The Dems lost another one, it’s what we do now,” says Moffat’s Schumer. Mikey Day finished off the sketch by playing West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, the only Democrat who voted for Kavanaugh. Day quickly walks by and punches Moffat’s Schumer in the crotch, shouting “Nutbump!” as Schumer winces in pain.

Rapper and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina hosted Saturday’s episode of SNL, and Travis Scott performed as the musical guest. Awkwafina noted in her monologue that she is only the second Asian-American woman to ever host the late-night comedy sketch series since it started in 1975. Lucy Liu was the first one in 2000.

In the SNL season premiere on Sept. 29, Oscar winner Matt Damon did a hysterical impersonation of Kavanaugh during his testimony for the opening sketch.

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