Saturday Night Live kicked off its new season tonight, and considering the timing, there was little doubt that its opening sketch was going to focus on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s unhinged Senate testimony. If you haven’t yet seen tonight’s episode of SNL and you want the specifics to remain a surprise, fair warning, stop reading now.
The SNL opening sketch began by making fun of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s absurd attempts at throwing the hearings in Kavanaugh’s favor, even while hiding behind parliamentary rules, and acting in a sexist and dismissive manner toward his own hired prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. But everyone tuned in to see how Brett Kavanaugh would be portrayed, and when he finally made his entrance, everyone had the same reaction: is that Matt Damon?
That’s right, SNL has once again managed to bring in an A-list outsider to play a key political character. Matt Damon portrayed Brett Kavanaugh in a manner which was savage and hilarious, despite not being all that much more over the top than Kavanaugh’s actual deranged testimony had been. Alyssa Milano then appeared just behind Kavanaugh, and was portrayed by… a cardboard cutout of Alyssa Milano.
Matt Damon’s Brett Kavanaugh became more unhinged as his testimony went on, but the most deranged moment of the sketch went to Lindsey Graham, who was portrayed by Kate McKinnon. Later in the episode, Kate McKinnon reprised her Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg character on Weekend Update, which saw her ripping into Brett Kavanaugh.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report