Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey face off in debate parody

Chris Rock returns in season premiere to his old stomping grounds for hosting duties

Vladimir Lenin once wrote: “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” The past week has clearly been the latter, and you’d assume that the season premiere of Saturday Night Live – returning for its 46th season – couldn’t have come at a better time. You’d be wrong.

Rather than kicking things off by tackling the huge news of President Trump’s Covid-19 infection, the cold open mostly ignores it, settling for a weak parody of last Tuesday’s debate debacle. A belligerent Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) consistently interrupts a frustrated Joe Biden (Jim Carrey, whose muggy performance is only slightly redeemed by an on-point vocal impression), who has to keep from letting his “inner Whitey Bulger come out”.

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