“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its 44th season with surprise guest Matt Damon, who portrayed controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the cold open (you can read more about that right here).
Marking his second appearance as host, Adam Driver brought his A-game, bringing a potpourri of hilarious characters and delivering a hilarious monologue in which he was joined by the show’s cast — some of whom he desperately wanted to punch in the face.
Driver also shone in his portrayal of Abraham J. Parnassus, the beyond-elderly father of a high school student (Pete Davidson) who shared his old-school philosophy of life in a visit to his son’s classroom career day, with Davidson struggling not to laugh out loud at Driver’s hilarious performance.
In another take on the Kavanaugh hearings, “SNL” served up a parody of ’80s teen comedies by focusing on the outrageous behaviour at a house party — and the not-so-fun consequences those teenage shenanigans will have on the partygoers’ lives 35 years later.
In arguably the episode’s strangest sketch, cast member Kyle Mooney lamented the fact that he’s been on the show for six seasons and still hasn’t broken out. To remedy that, he came up with a clever way to stand out: by adopting the look and mannerisms of cast mate Pete Davidson, which does not end well.
In the season’s first “Weekend Update”, anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che hilariously skewered the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings before being joined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Kate McKinnon) who had a few of her patented “Gins-burns” for the Senate Judicial Committee. RBG was followed by a brief appearance by Serena Williams (Leslie Jones) and then Pete Davidson, who shared some inside info about what it’s like to live with fiancee Ariana Grande (she foots the $60K/month rent while he keeps the fridge stocked and… well, that’s about it).
“Saturday Night Live” returns with a new episode on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. ET on Global, featuring host Awkwafina and musical guest Travis Scott. You can also watch full episodes and individual sketches online.