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'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Trump and Jim Carrey's Biden Face Off in Final Debate

Saturday Night Live tackled the “second and, praise Jesus, final debate” in its latest cold open, with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden facing off for the last time before Election Day.

“How does this mute button work? Do I just haul off and slap him in the mouth?” Carrey’s Biden asked.

Moderated by Maya Rudolph’s Kristen Welker, the debate mirrored the final debate’s more noteworthy moments, including Trump’s conspiracy-pushing regarding the Bidens’ connection to China.

“Look at me. Do I look remotely rich? If I had money, where am I spending it?” Carrey’s Biden said of the accusations. “I live in Delaware. A night out is $28, c’mon! I bought this suit on a train, c’mon! If I had $3 million extra dollars, would I be taking the train to work? No! I’d pulling up to the Capitol in a candy red Trans Am with Kenny Loggins playing in the back. Not a recording; the real Kenny Loggins.”

The president later called out for his lawyer Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), who gets caught in an awkward, Borat 2 situation. “It’s not what it looks like! My microphone got stuck… on my balls,” Giuliani said.

The final debate also briefly touched on the issues of race — “First of all, I’m the least racist person in this room. I’ve done more for black people than anyone else except for maybe Lincoln, and black people love Lincoln and his cars, I see them driving his cars all the time. Sometimes there’s white people in the back, but not always,” Trump said — and climate change. (“Oil: No. Wind: Yes. Fracking: Depends on what state I’m in,” Biden said.)

Throughout the debate, Biden also refused to go after Trump’s own scandalous offspring whenever his son Hunter was attacked by the president, causing him to ball up his anger and briefly turn him into Clint Eastwood. “Looks like Mr. Biden is so mad he’s Eastwooding,” the moderator notes.

To wrap up the cold open, Trump and Biden made their final appeals to America. “There’s only two things I do: Kick ass and take trains, and I don’t see any trains in sight,” Biden said.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Recreates Presidential Town Halls with Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey

Thursday’s presidential town halls took the spotlight during “Saturday Night Live’s” third episode of its 46th Season.

Alec Baldwin was back in his guest role as President Donald Trump, while Jim Carrey portrayed former vice president and current democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden for the third week in a row. Mikey Day portrayed George Stephanopoulos, Kate McKinnon portrayed “bad ass” Savannah Guthrie, and Maya Rudolph returned as Sen. Kamala Harris.

The late-night sketch comedy show was expected to recreate this political event, especially given that Trump’s real-life town hall aired on “SNL’s” own network, NBC. After it was announced that NBC would air that event, a number of top performers and producers — including talent that currently work on NBC shows — signed a letter asking the network brass to rethink that decision. The “SNL” team did not sign that letter, clearly working on a different kind of reaction, which played out on Oct. 17.

“One town hall was a thoughtful, cogent discussion of the issues facing our country. The other featured President Trump,” the cold open began.

The town halls were then “recreated” and intercut with each other to simulate the at-home viewer “flipping back and forth” between them. The vibe Biden’s town hall was going for, Day as Stephanopoulos said, was “poorly attended college lecture” and would feature “softball questions” from those who support Biden, as well as those who hate Trump, Day as Stephanopoulos noted — although he did ask those who were asking questions to “limit how many times you outright say you hate President Trump.”

The highlight of Biden’s town hall was his response to how he would handle COVID. “Here’s the deal, unlike the president I actually have a plan.” When asked what it was, he replied, “A plan? It’s a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.” When it came to his plan, he said, “Let me start with a story, mixed with a complicated math problem: If you have three million doses of vaccine and the vaccine leaves Chicago at 10 a.m., what time would it arrive in Washington, and please show your work.”

Every other time his town hall was on-screen, he was in the middle of a seemingly long-winded story, including talking to God and telling him he could save the country and painting in a Bob Ross style wig.

Meanwhile, when it came to Trump, McKinnon’s Guthrie said right off the bat that “if you were mad at NBC for doing this town hall, just let me get a few questions in and I think you’ll thank me.”

She started by asking why he won’t condemn white supremacy, to which Baldwin’s Trump responded, “I do. I do condemn it. I’ve always more or less condemned it.” Addressing QAnon specifically he said, “You mean the group that thinks that democrats are a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles, that I’m their messiah? I don’t know anything about them at all. All I know is they’re against pedophilia and I agree with that. If anyone is against pedophilia it’s me, the man who was close personal friends with one of the most famous pedophiles on Earth. Rest in power, Jeffrey [Epstein].”

Telling Baldwin’s Trump he wasn’t just someone’s crazy uncle didn’t deter him either, noting this is just a preview to what’s to come in a few months when households’ actual crazy uncles gather for Thanksgiving. “Stand back and stand by,” he said, giving a salute.

Baldwin’s Trump also evaded McKinnon’s Guthrie’s questions about when he last tested negative for COVID by saying he got tested all the time and “there are so many COVIDs: COVID-12, COVID-14” and that his doctors say he is doing great and “my lung is beautiful.”

“I never died or saw hell or the devil — he never showed me a list of my sins. I was just alive and strong the whole time,” Baldwin’s Trump said.

Rudolph’s Harris interrupted Trump’s town hall to ask “what the hell is happening” with the masked woman behind Baldwin’s Trump who was nodding furiously and at one point even twerking.

The sketch gave each candidate a chance for closing remarks. Carrey’s Biden promised he would not tweet once if he is elected (“because I don’t know how”) and he will only have one scandal: “I will mistake Angela Merkel from my wife from behind and tell her she’s got a rocking caboose. There’s no malice in that.” Baldwin’s Trump asked America if they are better off than they were four years ago, and when a graphic of America on a globe exclaimed a resounding, “No,” he replied, “All right, then just try and take me alive.”

“Saturday Night Live” airs live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

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Alec Baldwin Defends Playing Donald Trump in 'SNL' Season Premiere

Alec Baldwin is addressing some online backlash for his portrayal of President Donald Trump. The actor reprised his impersonation of Trump for Saturday Night Live’s season 46 premiere.

Following Baldwin’s performance as Trump — who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, along with First Lady Melania Trump — Baldwin was met with criticism from many conservatives for making fun of the president’s illness.

“If there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill, and people said, ‘Trump is really in trouble,’ then I would bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that, in terms of content of the show,” Baldwin said in a lengthy video he shared on Sunday. “They would have done something else. I’ve seen that happen before.”

“We only have the words of the White House itself and the people who work there themselves to go on, and all of them have all been saying he isn’t in any danger. We only have their word to go by,” Baldwin continued. “And if their word was that he was in serious trouble, then we probably wouldn’t have done it.”

Baldwin’s Trump appeared during the Cold Open sketch, which lampooned the first presidential debate. The sketch also marked the premiere of new guest star Jim Carrey, who has signed on to play Joe Biden in the coming weeks leading up to the election.

The sketch itself largely focused on poking fun at the chaotic nature of the debate, as well as Trump’s aggressive, interruptive demeanor and Biden’s rambling rebuttals. Only a few passing references were made to Trump’s illness during the sketch itself.

“We thought the debate was something topical, and we didn’t have anything with him in a hospital bed, but we had the debate,” Baldwin explained. “You’d have to have a very good reason to avoid that, topicality-wise, and nobody thought that they were mocking somebody’s illness by doing that.”

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“There are a lot of people out there who have the deepest amount of animosity I could possibly calculate in my adult life toward Trump, but there’s a line they won’t cross. They wouldn’t say, ‘I wish something happened to him,’ or that he died, or whatever. And people who do that, that’s not the way it should be.”

Baldwin — who has been an outspoken critic of Trump throughout his presidency, and has portrayed him dozens of times on SNL in the last four years — went on to stress the importance of getting out and voting. He warned of the possibly complacency that comes from possibly misleading poll numbers and stressed the need to exercise the right to voice your choice in the election.

Meanwhile, SNL airs live coast-to-coast on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

For more on the recent premiere, and Baldwin’s most recent portrayal of Trump, see the video below.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Returns With Jim Carrey & Megan Thee Stallion, Plus More Highlights

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