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‘SNL’ Open Ball Challenges With Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and The Ukraine Crisis – NBC Chicago

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off the show with an eye on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a timely reference that included Tom Brady’s retirement news. was issued earlier that day.

The sketch begins with an image of President Biden, played by James Austin Johnson, receiving a press conference in the Oval Office about the tense situation in Eastern Europe and other global hot topics from advisers, led by advisers. Played by Ego Nwodim, Alex Moffat and Kenan Thompson.

The press conference included satire about Neil Young’s Beef with Joe Rogan and Spotifyand question whether famous defender Tom Brady has decided to retire despite certain reports.

One of Biden’s advisers told the president that some of the Ukrainian intelligence came “from the very people who told us that Tom Brady was retiring, so take it as a salt.”

The sketch shows a look at the fake Russian propaganda and disinformation that was unleashed to insecurity the Ukrainian people.

When Johnson’s Biden replied that Russia had tried disinformation once before and it didn’t work, a military commander played by Kenan Thompson said, “40% of Americans think you lost the election, so it happened.”

Fake headlines made by Russia have been given to Johnson’s Biden, ranging from “Russian forces surround Ukraine just for a big hug” to “US CDC strongly recommends Russia invade Ukraine” and “Neil Young deletes music from Spotify unless Ukraine surrenders. ”

The advisers showed Biden various ads aimed at pointing Ukrainians towards Russia, including one in which Pete Davidson played Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was recently criticized for his misdeeds. anti-vaccination statement.

In a mock TV spot for State Farm, Davidson’s Rodgers said with a fake Russian accent, “Like a good neighbor, Russia is there.”

Johnson’s Biden asked if people really believed it was Rodgers. Thompson’s character tells him it’s Aaron Rodgers, inferring that the NFL athlete is willing to appear in Russian disinformation.

Willem Dafoe made his hosting debut.

Willem Dafoe debuts as “Saturday Night Live” host, speaking in opening monologue about his excitement at returning to New York City, where his acting career began .

“I moved here at 21, had no money and rented an apartment at 10 and A Avenue for $200 a month, and that’s where I learned how to act,” said the four-time award nominee. Oscar said. “For example, I must actlike I would love to have a tub in my kitchen. “

Dafoe later came to terms with the fact that he had an “expressive face” that he “couldn’t control,” which, in turn, contributed to many of his iconic roles.

“I don’t think about controlling it. I’m not one of those delicate actors like Nicolas Cage or Al Pacino. Maybe that’s why people come to me and say, ‘You know what role you would be perfect for? Joker, ” he was dumbfounded. “It’s always nice to know that you have the vibe of a social killer.”

During the first sketch of the night, a meeting for the tenants of a building went awry. Alex Moffat and Chloe Fineman moderated the meeting, and many tenants came in to complain. Dafoe plays a tenant who bought the top three floors of the building in the 1970s for $11.

Pete Davidson plays the building’s superintendent, who attends a meeting with an update on the rodent situation in the building.

“How’s the mouse problem?” Fineman asked.

Davidson appeared with a fake mustache, disgruntled hair, blowing a cigarette as he bent down to speak into the microphone.

“Bad,” Davidson stammered.

The news segment “Weekend Update,” also focuses on Russia’s stance on the border with Ukraine.

But co-host Colin Jost noted Ukraine wanted to avoid panic after a top Ukrainian security official described panic as the “sister of failure.”

“Am I mistaken,” Jost said as the image of Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump appeared. “I thought Ivanka was the sister of failure.”

Co-host Michael Che mentioned how President Biden this weekintoxicated with Pittsburgh and promised to rebuild a collapsed bridge using money from his infrastructure bill.

“While Republicans feel the bridge should only raise itself by its pillars,” Che quipped.

Jost discussed how a new report says that last year in 2021, fastest growing inflation rate since Ronald Reagan was President.

Jost joked, “Biden even started using Reagan’s old catchphrase; ‘Where am I?'”

Peyton Manning dropped by “Weekend Update” with Colin Jost to discuss Tom Brady’s rumored retirement from the NFL playoffs. Manning mainly uses his time in the segment to talk about his new love of the popular Netflix show “Emily in Paris”.

Katy Perry’s first gig was a small performance of “When I’m Gone,” in which Perry wore a mushroom cowgirl costume and had an elaborate suit.

“SNL” returns after the Winter Olympics, on February 26 with host John Mulaney and LCD Soundsystem as musical guests.

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DUSTIN JONES

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