'Saturday Night Live': Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett enact 'fly moment' from VP Debate, fans say they 'killed it'
In this sketch, the fly is none other than Carrey’s Biden, who teleports himself into the debates, but due to a mix-up with the teleportation machine, turns into a fly
After a very entertaining premiere last Saturday, October 3, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is back with a fresh episode. The host for this episode was comedian Bill Burr. Last week, most fans enjoyed the parody of the first presidential debate between Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden.
The first and only vice-presidential debate took place on Wednesday, October 7, and several viewers of the show had been expecting the event to be enacted in the latest episode. Fulfiling the viewers' wish, Kate McKinnon played moderator Susan Page to Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris and Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence. And yes, "the fly" moment was also recreated. Another moment from the vice-presidential debate that was discussed a lot was Harris saying, “Mr Vice President, I’m speaking”, whenever Pence tried to interrupt her. Rudolph’s Harris also did the same.
At one point Bennett’s Pence said, “The president is doing amazing thanks to his team of terrified doctors.” Speaking on the coronavirus topic, Rudolph’s Harris said, “They said they wanted to keep us calm, but let me ask the American people this: How calm were you when you didn't know where you were going to get your next roll of toilet paper? How calm were you when you were staring at that cardboard tube when you finished the roll, and you thought, 'Well, it's technically paper.' And how calm were you when even that tube was gone and you looked at your old t-shirts and a pair of scissors and thought, 'Are we doing this?’”
Rudolph’s Harris also tried to parody the much-talked-about expression of the senator during the debate. She declared that while Bennett’s Pence spoke, she only planned to “smile at him like I’m in a TJ Maxx and a white lady asks me if I work here”. And then she switched to “more of a Clair Huxtable side-eye”. However, the moment everyone was waiting for finally arrived. In this sketch, the fly is none other than Carrey’s Biden, who teleports himself into the debates, but due to a mix-up with the teleportation machine, turns into a fly – a reference to the 1986 film ‘The Fly’ starring Jeff Goldblum. Carrey even does a few Goldblum impressions. But the surprise element comes when another fly played by Kenan Thompson lands on Bennett’s head. And this one is reincarnated late Herman Cain.
Finally, Rudolph's Harris then used a fly swatter to get them off. The SNL’s version of the fly incident was a hot topic on the Internet. One user said, “#SNL I was waiting for Jeff Goldblum to make an appearance as the Fly on SNL, but @JimCarrey did a great job impersonating him!” Another tweeted, “SNL cold open... Now we know the truth about the Fly on Mike Pence's head during the VP debate!!!” “@nbcsnl killed it with the fly,” said one. “Love where they went with the fly ... been looking forward to @nbcsnl just to see what they did...hahaha!” tweeted another.
SNL cold open... Now we know the truth about the Fly on Mike Pence's head during the VP debate!!!— Masks Matter (@suevee85) October 11, 2020
Love where they went with the fly ... been looking forward to @nbcsnl just to see what they did...hahaha!— Tracie Burruel (@TracieBurruel) October 11, 2020
However, there were a few who had a different opinion. One said, “SNL was like what’s the absolute worst way we can handle the fly. And how can we make it really long? Wow, that was bad.” Another said, “This SNL cold open sucked. How can you ruin the fly opportunity?” One stated, “Very disappointed in @nbcsnl VP debate sketch. The fly was comedy gold and the writing on that sketch didn’t even deserve the bronze once that entered the screen IMO.”
SNL was like what’s the absolute worst way we can handle the fly. And how can we make it really long? Wow, that was bad.— Chad Darnell (@ChadDarnell) October 11, 2020
This SNL cold open sucked. How can you ruin the fly opportunity?— Trish Robinson (@trishrobinson) October 11, 2020
'Saturday Night Live' airs on NBC at 11.30 pm ET.