“Saturday Night Live”’s cold open this weekend had President Biden (James Austin Johnson) concerned about the “big yikes” midterms on Tuesday and wondering if the liberals should spice up their candidate lineup.
“This Tuesday, the midterm elections will determine the fate of our democracy and let’s just say: big yikes!” Johnson, while standing behind a presidential podium, emphasized as the commander-in-chief at the top of the show.
“Folks, I’m trying like hell, I promise. I’m on the Peloton every morning tempting fate,” Johnson said as Biden.
The fake president admitted he’s “boring” and said the problem for Democrats this election cycle is that they don’t have “any stars anymore.”
President Biden (James Austin Johnson) suggested "more interesting" celebrity candidates in this weekend’s cold open ahead of the midterms.
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“Too many Raphael Warnocks and not enough Herschel Walkers, which is why we’re going to make some last-minute changes with some Democrats who are exciting!” he exclaimed.
Biden suggested replacing Rep. Adam Schiff with former presidential candidate and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson.
Williamson said as a “level-four enchantress” she’s “ready to fight for the American dream” as she hit a Tibetan singing bowl.
Biden called her “America’s next ‘defense against the dark arts teacher,’ folks.”
He also suggested “‘Mayor of Flavortown’ Guy Fieri” (Molly Kearney) to replace Democratic candidate John Fetterman against Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“America is hungry for change,” Kearney said as the fiery, bleach blond Food Network star. “But do y’all want Dr. Oz’s crudité or a full plate of paid family leave dripping in donkey sauce? Whew!”
President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama rally for Senate nominee John Fetterman and gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 5, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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Johnson’s Biden also introduced rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (Marcello Hernández) as “your next senator from Ohio.”
“I want no cap on social security, no cap!” the distinctive rapper said forcefully while waving his arms around. “Democrats, baby!”
Biden called him a “terrifying young man” after the rapper left the stage before introducing former adult film star Stormy Daniels (Cecily Strong) as the “next governor of Michigan.”
Chef and television personality Guy Fieri and his son Ryder Fieri attend the Eagles-Raiders game at Allegiant Stadium on Oct. 24, 2021, in Las Vegas.
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“Hi, TV,” Strong as Daniels slurred slightly. “I may be a former adult star currently on season seven of the ‘Surreal Life’ but I am willing to debase myself and enter U.S. politics.”
He said rapper Azalea Banks (Ego Nwodim) would beat Florida Sen. Marco Rubio “because she’s not afraid to fight.”
“I’m a witch, b—-!” she shouted, holding her hands up like claws while Biden looked on scared as she walked off.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine performs during the MiamiBash at FTX Arena on Dec. 17, 2021, in Miami, Florida. (John Parra/Getty Images,)
Finally, he introduced actor Tracy Morgan (Kenan Thompson) as the new person in charge of the student loan handout after saying people “got mad” at him over the policy.
In the “SNL” alum’s laid-back style, Thompson said if “y’all want that money” people would have to “come over here and rub my belly.”
Bringing back the motley crew, who all answered Biden’s “What do we want?” question (Morgan wanted sugar-free White Castle) and the “When do we want it?” questions differently (Williamson suggested a parallel timeline), the president decided half-heartedly, “We’re going to be fine.”
Comedian Amy Schumer guest-hosted the show and Steve Lacy was the musical guest.