Saturday Night Live‘s cold open took on Representative Jim Jordan’s failed bid for Speaker of the House. SNL imagined the GOP’s brightest stars giving the embattled Jordan some much-needed pep talks.
When Saturday Night Live season 49 premiered last week, it was devoid of any political sketches. It was a bit surprising, considering former President Donald Trump was in court and the House of Representatives was in chaos.
But SNL made up for lost time in a big way on last night’s episode. Mikey Day reprised his role as Representative Jim Jordan. He was joined by Bowen Yang’s George Santos, Chloe Fineman’s Lauren Boebert, and James Austin Johnson’s Donald Trump.
Saturday Night Live’s cold open makes up for lost time, mocking infamous Republicans
The Speaker of the House vote and the circus surrounding it created the kind of material perfect for a Saturday Night Live cold open. The stars of the GOP were out in full force, trying to either capture media attention or deflect it from other stories and scandals.
Saturday Night Live capitalized on that by having a rotating cast of characters visit Jim Jordan and deliver pep talks. First up, Bowen Yang once again crushed his version of George Santos.
Yang’s version starts off carrying an unidentified baby, giving a callback to a story from earlier this week in which Santos carried a baby near his office. After a few more reminders that Santos lies, he’s out of the picture.
Enter Chloe Fineman as Lauren Boebert. It’s a brief appearance, but let’s SNL get in a jab about Boebert’s theater scandal.
Finally, the main attraction arrives as James Austin Johnson adds another top-notch Trump parody to his collection. A stream-of-consciousness rant about Michael Jordan and Jordin Sparks gives way to Trump musing that he’ll be traveling the country from courtroom to courtroom this fall.
SNL makes Jim Jordan the loser one more time when Trump cuts him off from delivering the “Live from New York…” line. According to Trump, that’s only for winners, and Jordan is a loser.
If Jim Jordan puts himself through another few rounds of votes, we may see him again on a Saturday Night Live cold open.