‘SNL’: Issa Rae Hosts Trump Town Hall-Themed Episode

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COVID-19 was also one of the topics tackled by Weekend Update, which along with the cold open got some jabs in at NBC.

Issa Rae hosted the Oct. 17 episode of Saturday Night Live, which again aired in front of a live audience with specific COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

“I’m so scared right now to be honest,” Rae said before joking that she was the first Black person to host the show. She also mentioned that she was supposed to host the show back in March in her monologue and then joked that the only thing that she’s currently working on is puzzles.

Bowen Yang and Kate McKinnon led a sketch spoofing a news program in Montreal in which Rae played a correspondent hosting a segment called “Drake Watch” and merely reported on whether she had seen Drake or not.

Beck Bennett starred in a commercial parody for a product called “5-Hour Empathy,” a play on the 5-Hour Energy drink. “Come on man, I’m not a racist; I’m voting for Biden, come on!” Bennett’s character said after refusing to drink it.

COVID-19 came up in multiple sketches again, including at the beginning of one in which Rae played a character on a date who ran into her ex Clifford, played by Kenan Thompson. She kept running into exes who she worked with at Times Square.

Another sketch started out as a commercial parody for a chain restaurant called Jack Flatts about how the restaurant has been adjusting to the pandemic and offering curbside pickup. It was quickly interrupted by a group of anti-masker guys dressed in camo demanding that the restaurant open again.

COVID-19 was also one of the topics tackled by Weekend Update, which along with the cold open got some jabs in at NBC.

In a morning show sketch, Rae played a representative for the NAACP. “I’m voting for everybody Black,” she said, a reference to the time Rae said she was rooting for everybody Black.

In a digital sketch, Kyle Mooney danced in front of Rae in the hopes she would recommend him as a dancer for the evening’s musical guest Justin Bieber. Chance the Rapper also showed up, and the sketch ended with Mooney receiving positive COVID-19 results.

Another COVID-19-themed sketch mocked people who ordered things online during quarantine that they never ended up using.



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