Saturday night live began its broadcast on March 5 with a pointed satire on Fox News’ rave coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, dubbed the “Fox News Ukrainian Invasion Celebration Spectacular.”
The sketch, which reportedly aired from former President Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, was hosted by Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat, who played Fox hosts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, respectively.
“We got in a bit of trouble for all the nice things we said about Russia and the mean things we said about Ukraine,” Carlson said of Moffat. “I kept asking why we hate Putin? Aren’t the liberals in America even worse?”
The two were joined by James Austin Johnson, who sang “My Funny Valentine” in the role of Donald Trump and dedicated his performance to Russian leader Vladimir Putin: “Vladimir, I want you to hear this from me. You are smart, you are nice, you are important. And here’s a little song from me for you.”
The skit also starred Bowen Yang as Steven Seagal, who claimed he was “Eskimo brothers” with Putin, while Mikey Day and Cecily Strong starred as Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle for a revamped version of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ” to sing “Shallow”.
McKinnon’s Ingraham added that her TV special would raise money for “the real victims of this invasion: the oligarchs.”
The March 5 episode of Saturday night live was hosted by Oscar Isaac, who made his role debut. The musical guest was Charli XCX, who was originally scheduled to perform on December 18 before this Paul Rudd hosted show was drastically downsized due to the rise in the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 pandemic.
XCX also appeared in a sketch, playing a singing meatball.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/snl-ukraine-fox-news-cold-open-b2029594.html Saturday Night Live kicks off with Fox News’ Ukraine invasion celebration