SNL MOCKS GOP rising stars Herschel Walker, Dr. Oz and Kari Lake during its cold open
Saturday Night Live poked fun at the national drama surrounding election races in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona on Saturday — citing how political outsiders like Dr. Oz and NFL star Herschel Walker have performed extremely well in pre-election polls.
The show devoted its candor to these political newcomers, going so far as to mock them — in a fake interview on a parody of “PBS News Hour.”
Chairing the ordeal, of course, was anchor Judy Woodruff – played by cast member Heidi Gardner – who welcomed satirical versions of Oz, Walker and Arizona governor candidate Kari Lake as part of the opening sketch.
Gardner’s Woodruff kicks off the segment by introducing the three candidates, played by Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson and Cecily Strong respectively.
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Chairing the ordeal, of course, was anchor Judy Woodruff – played by cast member Heidi Gardner – who played satirical versions of Dr. Oz welcomed NFL star Herschel Walker and Arizona governor Kari Lake as part of the opening skit.
The newscaster then notes how the trio emerged as stars of the Republican Party after starting their respective races as underdogs — though she’s not sure how.
“Okay, all three of you have won the polls for the past few weeks, despite none of you having any political experience,” she begins, as the unlikely politicians take to their own podium on the pseudo-set.
She then turns her attention to Thompson’s Walker, a former NFL running back and the Republican nominee in Georgia’s upcoming Senate election.
‘Mr. Walker, you are now within three points of Senator Raphael Warnock. Why is your support growing?’ asks Woodruff, seemingly stunned by the aspiring politician’s current success in the polls.
“And that’s where I don’t know,” Thompson’s Walker responds with the Heisman winner’s signature southern twang, equally surprised.
“The whole world is a mystery. Is it not? For example, a thermos – it keeps the hot things warm, but also the cold things cold. My question is, how does it decide? We are investigating that very carefully.’
When asked why millions in Georgia are voting for him, despite two women coming forward to claim he paid the bill for their abortions, Thompson, former Heisman winner Walker replied, “Gas. Gas prices are really high’
When asked why millions in Georgia vote for him—despite two women coming forward to claim he paid the bill for their abortions—the former Cowboys running back simply reply, “Gas. The gas prices are really high.’
Thompson, in character, added of Walker’s success, “Like the great Trump Donald said, I can pay for an abortion in the middle of Fifth Avenue, and not lose any votes.”
He also said that the last time he checked, his son was a “boy.”
Meanwhile, as he sees Dr. Starring Mehmet Oz — who left his old show last year to run for governor of Pennsylvania — cast member Day donned a Phillies hat and clumsily bragged to fellow panelists that they had a delicious “Philadelphia Cheese and Steak” while they in the humble state of the state were capital.
Apparently he tried to appeal to Philly’s more working-class, working-class voter base but betrayed by the TV doc’s trademark stuffy cadence, Day, as Oz explained he was having a “lucky break” thanks to Democratic rival John Fetterman’s stroke — before taking a moment to shill diet pills are guaranteed to help dieters lose 30 pounds a day.
Meanwhile, as he sees Dr. Starring Mehmet Oz — who left his old show last year to run for governor of Pennsylvania — cast member Day donned a Phillies hat and clumsily bragged to fellow panelists that they had a delicious “Philadelphia Cheese and Steak” while they in the state capital were city
Apparently he tried to appeal to Philly’s more working-class, working-class voter base, but betrayed by the TV doc’s trademark stuffy cadence, Day, as TV doc Oz, took a moment to shill diet pills that are guaranteed to help dieters. pounds to lose in a day
Strong’s Lake, a former Phoenix newscaster, thanked Woodruff for having her on the program — which the Republican went on to portray as a “sweet little show full of lies.”
Pressed about denying the 2020 election results and her support for former President Trump, Lake instead opines why she’s appealing to voters — with the show clearly criticizing the newswoman’s efforts to make her alleged “popular sense” apply to members of her home state, despite boasting a far from convincing stance.
“I’m a regular Judy, I’m just a regular girl from my hometown who is constantly in the spotlight,” she tells Gardner’s Woodruff, noting that she clicked with “older terrified” voters in Arizona, known for being large senior population.
“Arizonas want to talk about the issues that concern them, such as crime in New York or crime in Detroit, or the most pressing issue, drag queen story time,” she continues, citing the recent controversy over the recent arrival in Arizona and Florida of public schools that send their students to events hosted by drag queens.
‘Men dressing up as rowdy brash women, introducing children to the joys of reading? Not on my watch,’ she said. “If the people of Arizona choose me, I’ll make sure they never have to vote again.”
Strong’s Lake, meanwhile, a former Phoenix news anchor thanked Woodruff for having her on the program — which the Republican then bragged as a “sweet little show full of lies.”
The episode, which aired on October 29, was hosted by musician Jack Harlow, who was also the show’s musical guest.
The skit comes as the states’ midterm elections loom on the horizon, with candidates slated to battle it out the following week.
Many races, especially those being lampooned on Saturday’s cold, are particularly heated.
According to a recent poll, 51 percent of likely voters in Pennsylvania supported Fetterman, who had a stroke five months ago and then slackened answers during a much-discussed debate last week, compared with 49 percent who supported Oz.
In Georgia, the Senate race is also unusually tight. Incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock holds a significant lead among early voters, while challenger Walker is bolstered by potential voter support on Election Day.
Warnock currently has a net positive rating of 51 percent favorable to 43 percent unfavorable among state voters, while Walker has almost the opposite — a net negative rating of 43 percent favorable to 52 percent unfavorable.
In Arizona, Katie Hobbs, who led Lake by more than 5 to 7 percent for most of the race, is now several digits behind Lake in several polls after refusing to debate her opponent earlier this month.
The differences between all of the above candidates are well within the 4.4 percent margin of error historically accepted when it comes to pre-election polls. The midterms start on November 8.