'Saturday Night Live': Matt Damon takes a shot at Brett Kavanaugh in cold open
Ever since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spoke against accusation of sexual misconduct, he has been ripe for caricature
The SNL kicked off its 44th season with a cold open featuring Matt Damon playing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who appeared before before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to respond to allegation of sexual misconduct. In the skit, Damon played Kavanaugh as a shouty, sniffly, I'm a keg-half-full kinda guy.
Damon confesses at the beginning that he was forty five minutes late because he was shadowboxing in the parking lot before making his appearance.
"We've heard from the alleged victim, but now it's time to hear from the hero, Judge Brett Kavanaugh," says Alex Moffat who is seen playing Senator Chuck Grassley.
Damon started off with, “I’m going to start at an 11 and take it to a 15” and blamed complaints of assaulting women as part of a plot by "Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Soros, US comedian Kathy Griffin and 'Ronen Sinatra'."
The skit showcases, according to the Vulture, "A darkly comic notion of Kavanaugh as a petulant middle-aged man-child dangerously stuck in an arrested realm of posturing, insecure high-school masculinity."
Apparent by this gem: “I’m not backing down, you sons of bitches! I don’t know the meaning of the word ‘stop.’”
Damon's Kavanaugh had a few things to say about beer too. “Boys like beer, girls like beer, I like beer. I like beer!”
Though not exactly a home run, the sketch deserves kudos for highlighting the "performance" of Kavanaugh; ditto for Matt Damon.
If at 13-minutes you think the SNL sketch is stretching the point too long, here's a minute-long viral video that mashes together Kavanaugh's quavery self-aggrandizement with Samuel L Jackson's menace in Pulp Fiction to hilarious and same effect.