4 winners and 2 losers from Saturday Night Live’s season premiere

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Jim Carrey debuted as Joe Biden, Alec Baldwin is (still) over playing Trump, Chris Rock nailed it, and we hope everyone stays healthy.

Saturday Night Live made the bold decision to return to studio 8H this fall, following a truncated season that saw the cast sequestered in their individual homes. Those episodes provided some of the freshest sketches SNL has aired in years, indulging its performers’ more absurd, even experimental comedic talents.

Going back to the studio didn’t necessarily mean going back to “normal” for SNL, however: There’s still the issue of Covid-19, its impact on film production, and its continued toll on the society that SNL comments on. Masks are commonplace; social distancing is the norm; more than 1 million people worldwide have died. As of this Friday, right before the season premiere, even President Donald Trump has contracted the illness.

Not only did the season premiere suggest that the cast and crew took an abundance of caution in putting on a show, it also elegantly commented on or winked at the heaps of news events that have dominated the United States over the past month. Everyone…


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