'Saturday Night Live': Will John Mulaney play Joe Biden? 5 hilarious 'SNL' sketches to watch before the episode
This will be his fourth time hosting the hit show and also the second time this year, but fans are most looking forward to his portrayal of Biden
Last week, Adele entertained us with her hosting skills, entertaining acts and gave a glimpse of her beautiful singing, while H.E.R enthralled audiences with her musical performance at ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL). This week, get ready for ‘SNL’ pro and comedian John Mulaney to take over hosting duties yet again. This will be his fourth time hosting the hit show and also the second time this year.
He hosted an episode of ‘SNL’ Season 45 in February 2020. The Strokes are the musical guests of the episode. The other announcement of adding a sixth episode, scheduled to be aired on November 7, also surprised many.
‘SNL’ released two video clips of Mulaney, who at one point had worked as a writer for the show. The first video with the caption: “𝘖𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. @mulaney is back in Studio 8H!” gives a peek into Mulaney’s previous appearances in the show. The other video features Mulaney explain his relationship with the show – both as writer and performer – in the 10-minute clip. In the extended video, he shares how he got the job in the first place and other personal stories from his time on the show.
They also released a promo where Mulaney, The Strokes and Ego Nwodim can be seen wearing masks. At one point in the promo, Nwodim asks the comedian about when he last hosted the show and he says it was February 2020. "And what has happened since then?" she asks, "A global pandemic that ruined everything," he says. Nwodim states, "John Mulaney, you cursed us!" Mulaney then replies with a wink, "Yeah, sorry about that."
However, Twitterati was discussing a different topic. They were left wondering if Mulaney is going to play Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the upcoming episode. Currently, Jim Carrey is portraying Biden’s character in the show.
Mulaney has played Biden in the last season of the show – during the episode he hosted – in the cold open. The cold open began with Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence, who is seen briefing about the growing concerns about the virus (the episode was aired in February). Mulaney channeled Biden through the latter’s much-discussed storytelling abilities.
One fan said, “If @mulaney doesnt play biden this weekend on @nbcsnl i'm not voting.” One stated, “if Biden wins it’s because John Mulaney hosted SNL with The Strokes, that’s it.” Another said, “Pleaaaaase give Jim Carrey a break and let John come back as Joe Biden instead!!!”
if Biden wins it’s because John Mulaney hosted SNL with The Strokes, that’s it— REEEEbarazzi (@oovoojaverhoes) October 30, 2020
Pleaaaaase give Jim Carrey a break and let John come back as Joe Biden instead!!!— CJ Huaman (@CJHuaman94) October 28, 2020
But before you catch the show, here are five Mulaney sketches you should check out.
1. Diner Lobster
Trust ‘SNL’ to pull off something that might not have crossed most people’s mind — a lobster-themed parody of ‘Les Miserables’. The sketch opens at a diner, with Pete Davidson and Chris Redd as two friends eating together and Mulaney as the waiter. After Davidson orders the lobster, Kenan Thompson emerges as a life-size bearded lobster in a tank and launches into a rendition of Jean Valjean’s song, “Who Am I?” After that, it’s just a funny musical that one didn’t think was possible.
2. Bodega Bathroom
A sequel of sorts to the ‘Diner Lobster’, this sketch also features Davidson and Mulaney. But the setting changes to a bodega and this time Davidson wants to use the bathroom of the place, which is owned by Mulaney. Davidson is given a key attached to a cinderblock and then begins a Willy Wonka-like scenario. Thompson appears as a bodega cat and this sketch parodied Broadway shows such as ‘Rent’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
3. Drag Brunch
In this sketch, Mulaney plays a drag queen waitress named Tawny Pockets. His character is sassy and does not mince words. But the brunt of Tawny's sass is felt a little too much by one of the patrons, played by Alex Moffat. Tawny’s coldest insult is: “You’ve never worked for anything in your life. You’ve had everything handed to you. But the one thing you haven’t been able to purchase is a personality and a soul.”
4. Chad Horror Movie
In this, the dynamic duo Mulaney and Davidson take aim at horror movie stereotypes. Recreating the ‘Scream’ phone call scene, Mulaney’s masked person calls Davidson and asks, “Do you want to play a game?” Davidson in his recurring nonchalant character of Chad couldn’t care less. Mulaney plays a typical horror movie murderer, formerly bullied by Chad who wants to get revenge, but things don’t go according to his plan.
5. Airport Sushi
Musicals seem to be Mulaney’s strength. After the hit ‘Diner Lobster’ and ‘Bodega Bathroom’, he was a part of another musical sketch. This time he played a store clerk at LaGuardia Airport. Davidson is a customer who wants to buy prepackaged sushi before catching his flight. The sketch is a mad fun ride with Thompson speaking about the dangers of airport sushi while belting out Phantom of the Opera. A pajama-clad Jake Gyllenhaal and musician David Byrne have cameos.