SNL puts Marjorie Taylor Greene, Covid vaccine and GameStop stock under the microscope in cold open

Cecily Strong portrayed Republican congresswoman in opening skit

Clémence Michallon
New York City
@Clemence_Mcl
Sunday 31 January 2021 08:56
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SNL mocks conspiracy theorist congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene

Saturday Night Live opened its first episode of 2021 with a politically charged skit, putting Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Covid vaccine rollout, and the stock market under the microscope.

Kate McKinnon presided over the skit as a serious, dismayed version of herself hosting a fictional TV programmed titled “What Still Works?”.

The aim of the segment was to determine what still functions as expected in today’s America.

The first subject examined by McKinnon was Congresswoman Greene, portrayed for the occasion by Cecily Strong. Greene has made headlines over recent days in relation to multiple controversies.

Also broached in the skit was the stock market, through the prism of the ongoing stock war opposing Wall Street and Reddit.

The sketch also referenced the fact that OJ Simpson has received the coronavirus vaccine. 

Toward the end of the skit, McKinnon – having reached the conclusion that most things in the US do not, in fact, still work – welcomed John Krasinski in the role of Tom Brady.

After a bit of back and forth, McKinnon weighed in and decided that Brady, who will play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Kansas City Chiefs during the Super Bowl on 7 February, might be one of the few concepts still functioning as expected in contemporary America.

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