In this week’s cold open, Kate McKinnon reprised her bit as Fox News host, Laura Ingraham, assessing the first year of Biden’s presidency. “Gas is $19 a gallon and the green M&M’s been canceled just for being a whore.” Then, transitioning to the week’s news, she said: “America is still mourning from the loss of America’s Dad, Robert Durst.”
The parody segment went on with plenty of easy swings from cast members like Aidy Bryant as Senator Ted Cruz, who compared his beard to the January 6th insurrection: “shocking at first, but sadly, it’s been normalized.” Cruz also reminded viewers to book their tickets to Cancun now because February is going to be chilly (“Live Mas!”).
Pete Davidson appeared as anti-vax tennis pro Novak Djokovic and Ego Nwodim came on as right-wing pundit Candace Owens, misquoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to a slobbering Ingraham.
No Fox parody segment would be complete without, as Ingraham put it, “the svelte, muscular, 230-pound gorilla in the room, Donald Trump.” James Austin Johnson appeared as the former president, playing the buzzy new online game, Wordle. “I’m back just like Tiger King 2,” Trump said. “And you’re thinking, ‘How are more people from this thing not in jail?'”