Kate McKinnon opened Saturday Night Live as Laura Ingraham for the second time this month, hosting her painfully-close-to-reality parody of Fox News’s The Ingraham Angle.
Without the cable news network’s all-consuming, preelection obsession with the migrant caravan to focus the show’s humor, the sketch bounced around from topic to topic, a bit unevenly. McKinnon promised to later address the fires in California — where celebrities “are whining about some tiny wildfires while our heroic president is under constant attack from rain” — but her major concern of the day was, of course, voter fraud.
Turning to the “rampant voter fraud that allowed Democrats to literally steal the election,” McKinnon’s Ingraham laid out the Fox News “facts”:
Some have claimed that suburban women revolted against the Republican Party, but doesn’t it feel more true that all Hispanics voted twice? You can’t dismiss that idea simply because it isn’t true and sounds insane. In fact, let’s add that to our list of “Feel Facts,” which aren’t technically facts but they just feel true.
Others “Feel Facts” on the list included “Latinos Can Have a Baby Every Three Months,” “Blackface Is A Compliment,” and “If the Earth Is So Warm, Then Why Are My Feet Cold?”
McKinnon was also visited by Cecily Strong’s Jeanine Pirro, as well as Leslie Jones’s Marcia Fudge, Alex Moffat’s Mark Zuckerberg, and the role Pete Davidson was born to play, “the self-proclaimed ‘Vape God’,” hitting as many current issues/Juul pods as possible.
Strong’s Jeanine Pirro was as ludicrous as ever as she explained how some voters were managing to vote multiple times, including using disguises — putting up a photo of actor Tyler Perry as himself, then in drag as his Madea character — and “stacking” — “where multiple children will stack on top of each other under a trench coat and then vote as an adult.”
Moffat came next as robotic Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, hands clasped awkwardly out in front of his body because “when I practiced it earlier, there was a table,” followed by Jones as potential Pelosi-challenger Marcia Fudge. “Nancy Pelosi is tainted,” Fudge said. “For years, the GOP has used her name against us. But Republicans can never find a way to make fun of me, a middle-aged black woman named Fudge.”
You may have thought Pete Davidson was again parodying himself, but the “self-proclaimed Vape God” is — as McKinnon’s Ingraham says, struggling to keep a straight face — “a real person I had on my show.” In an early Christmas present for SNL, Ingraham this week hosted and was trolled by Barstool Sports’ Tom Scibelli, self-described “millennial vaper,” for a debate on e-cigarette use among teens. (Producers reportedly later asked, “did we do any research on this kid?”)
Fortunately for Davidson, he was able to play it pretty straight.