The most recent “Saturday Night Live” episode took aim at coronavirus-related topics ranging from far-right beliefs and inflation to President Joe Biden.

The episode was hosted by former cast member Will Forte and featured musical guest Måneskin. Along with the pandemic jabs, an old character returned to the show to share his take on COVID-19.

Here are some of the notable sketches from the 11th episode of “SNL” Season 47.

Cold Open

The NBC sketch show kicked off the night by spoofing the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle.” Kate McKinnon played host Laura Ingraham and touched on several topics, including gas prices, inflation, and the green M&M.

McKinnon’s Ingraham also spoke with a few guests, including tennis player Novak Djokovic, who was played by Pete Davidson. Djokovic was on the show to discuss his deportation from Australia over fears he could pose a risk to the public due to his unvaccinated status.

“You see, people love to tear you off your pedestal, you know, just because you’re really rich, or you’re the best at tennis, or you go to a charity event with 200 kids even though you’re dripping with COVID,” Davidson tells McKinnon.

“I am now the least popular Joker, except for Jared Leto,” Davidson added, referencing the actor’s role as the villain in the 2016 film “Suicide Squad.”

The last guest on the show was former President Donald Trump, played by James Austin Johnson. “I’m back just like ‘Tiger King 2.’ You have fun the first time, and then you’re like, ‘How are more people from this not in jail yet?’” he said.

Trump then decided to play a game of Wordle, which lead to him connecting multiple topics, including Jason Momoa, vaccine boosters, John Mayer, and Hilary Duff’s new show “How I Met Your Father.”


Forte reprised his role as the popular “SNL” character, but this time around, MacGruber was operating on anti-vax and anti-mask conspiracy theories. He appeared in three sketches alongside Vicki (Kristen Wiig) and Piper (Ryan Phillippe).

In the first sketch, the trio was tasked with defusing a bomb in a bank. All three were wearing face masks until MacGruber began creating a contraption to defuse the bomb and asked them to take them off.

MacGruber then proceeded to toss the masks in a tin and threw in a lit match. When Wiig’s character asked what was he doing, MacGruber replied, “Freeing us from tyranny, Vick.” He adds, “You’re welcome!”

In the second sketch, MacGruber insists he has learned the era of his ways and wears a mask. However, the face-covering has a hole in it, exposing his mouth and nose. He then decides to follow the science by downing hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

In the final sketch, MacGruber dresses up as the QAnon Shaman to share his new view on politics and rant about how Hollywood celebrities eat babies.

“All I can do is pray for you, take up arms against you, and keep the oath I took to protect this country. Because I am an oath keeper and boy am I proud of that. Which I guess makes me a proud boy,” MacGruber says before everything blows up once again.

Weekend Update

The latest segment of the “SNL” fake news program touched on the past week’s recent headline stories. Co-anchor Colin Jost started the program by discussing President Biden’s nearly two-hour press conference, discussing his first year in office.

“Because that’s how long it took to mark everything that’s gone wrong,” he said.

Jost also revealed it marked the longest presidential press conference in history but “as I have been told many times before, just because you went for a long time doesn’t mean you did a good job.”

Co-anchor Michael Che then discussed actor Jon Voight’s recent video claiming Abraham Lincoln’s spirit was guiding Donald Trump. “Hopefully,” he said, “not to a theater.”

Davidson also appeared on the fake news program as part of the “Guy Who Just Bought A Boat” segment. Davidson and Jost then discussed their purchase of the Staten Island ferry with the help of a third partner. “We bought a ferry! The windowless van of the sea,” Davidson said.

He struggled to refrain from laughing throughout much of the sketch and admitted he hasn’t been following New York City politics.

“Even the mayor tweeted about it, which is how I found out we have a new mayor? What happened to Bloomberg?” Davidson said, referring to NYC mayor Eric Adams.

Actor Willem Dafoe will host the next episode of “Saturday Night Live,” with Katy Perry as the musical guest.

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Pictured [L-R]: Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, and Will Forte reprise their characters for “MacGruber” during a sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” Rosalind O’Connor/NBC