“Saturday Night Live” mocked Republican candidates with no political experience and imagined a future where a partnership with Kanye West finally made Skechers cool in its Halloween episode.
The NBC sketch show began with a spoof of PBS’ “News Hour,” with host Judy Woodruff, played by Heidi Gardner.
“We’re what your grandmother’s talking about when she says ‘I saw this on the news,’” cracked Gardner to start the cold open.
Caricatures of Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz and Kari Lake then joined the roundable to discuss their respective senate and gubernatorial races
Keenan Thompson played the former football star as a confused but confident candidate.
“Hello Judas. My name is Herschel Walker Texas Ranger and I’m running for president of the United Airlines,” Thompson said.
“Like the great Trump Donald said, I could pay for an abortion in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose any votes.”
Mikey Day’s Oz was depicted as a carpetbagger who was endorsing questionable diet pills that can help people “lose 30 pounds in just one calendar day.”
“Hello Judy. My Pennsylvania Phillies are in the World Series,” as he donned a hat with the price tag still on it. “And I just had a delicious Philadelphia cheese and steak. Yum.”
Lake, played by Cecily Strong, deployed fear as her primary campaign strategy.
“I’ve just clicked with many of the wonderful terrified elderly people here in Arizona, the Florida of the West,” she said. “Arizonians want to talk about the issues that effect them, like crime in New York.”
Host Jack Harlow doubled as the musical guest, performing his songs “Lil Secret” and “First Class.”
The Kentucky rapper also seduced Whoopi Goldberg, played by Ego Nwodim, on a sendup of “The View.”
“The only MC’s I need in my like are my cats and my cigarettes,” she cracked while initially rebuffing his advances.
A fake advertisement lampooned Kanye West’s attempts to cut a deal with Skechers after his clothing lines were dropped by Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga.
The company patted itself on the back for rejecting Ye’s anti-Semitic rhetoric, while at the same time fantasizing about a missed opportunity to transform into a “hip edgy company” that could sell “Skeezy” sneakers amid their frumpy offerings.
“Two years ago, could you imagine the headline, ‘Skechers too good for Kanye?,’” cracked Bowen Yang, as a Skechers spokesman.
Another employee said the company’s refusal to partner with the controversial artist gave them a moral high ground in the sneaker game.
“It’s not like Allbirds is fighting the fight,” Strong pointed out.
“I noticed we haven’t heard anything from Crocs. I’m not saying that Crocs is anti-Semetic, I’m just this it’s interesting we haven’t heard from them,” Yang said.
In the end of the skit, the shunned rapper ended up finding a “morally dubious company to work with” — My Pillow, whose CEO Mike Lindell was impersonated by James Austin Johnson.
SNL is live again next week with comedian Amy Schumer on hosting duties featuring musical guest Steve Lacy.
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