‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Skewers President Biden and ‘Spider-Man’

The cold open of “Saturday Night Live” took aim at President Joe Biden, the box office success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and the nation’s fatigue after two years of the COVID pandemic.

The sketch included “SNL” player James Austin Johnson reprising his role as the Commander in Chief, who expressed his displeasure with the strength of the omicron surge earlier in the week during a news conference with reporters. Speaking on a podium, Johnson’s Biden found a convenient scapegoat to blame for soaring infection rates around the country: “Spider-Man,” the tenacious superhero whose latest big-screen escapade has topped the COVID-batter box office in recent weeks.

“One simple thing you can do to make this whole virus go away: Stop seeing ‘Spider-Man,’ ” Johnson’s Biden said with zealous conviction. The President drew the connection that “everyone has seen ‘Spider-Man’ like eight times” and “everyone also has COVID.”

‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Skewers President Biden and ‘Spider-Man’

“SNL’s” Bowen Yang was in the crowd of reporters who peppered Johnson’s Biden with questions, pressing him on whether he was telling Americans to stop seeing movies. “I didn’t say don’t go to the movies. I said stop seeing ‘Spider-Man,’ ” Biden said with exasperation. “I saw the first half-horu of ‘House of Gucci’ — that’s more than enough movie for anyone,” he said.

The sketch closed with “SNL” regular Pete Davidson appearing as the President of the U.S. from an alternate “real world” timeline. Davidson, who went shirtless to show off his tattooed physique, told the audience the Joe Biden as President is part of a parallel timeline “that began in 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.”

Tonight’s episode marks “SNL’s” first new installment of the new year and is hosted by “West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose.

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