Saturday Night Live cold open: A New Hampshire debate with Larry David

FredTonight, we imagined that the Saturday Night Live cold open would have room for all sorts of fantastic comedy. We didn’t know if it would be about Iowa, New Hampshire, or both, but politics were definitely at the center of everything.

Ultimately, SNL decided to bring you a Democratic debate to kick things off, which meant that we’d get to see a lot of different candidates. Yet, there were some disappointments along the way — take, for example, the fact that Will Ferrell was not playing Tom Steyer. Meanwhile, we had the Jason Sudeikis version of Joe Biden as opposed to the Woody Harrelson one.

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Oh, and can we say that it’s still fun that Colin Jost is playing Mayor Pete, given the fact that the two know each other in real life.

Let’s get to Tom Steyer, since we now have Pete Davidson playing the politician for whatever reason. He doesn’t really look like Tom Steyer, but does that really matter at all? We’re just glad to have Pete back on the show doing something, given that he hasn’t been around for all that much this season.

Did this cold open bring us a whole lot of stuff that we haven’t seen already? Not really, but we didn’t need a whole lot else. Sometimes, just getting some good impressions of politicians is enough. Other than Pete playing Tom Steyer, everyone else knows these characters rather well at this point — heck, people like Larry David and Jason Sudeikis have been playing these people for a long time! Sometimes, a little bit of familiarity can go a long way when the jokes are funny and the writers are at least taking a few risks. We got enough of that tonight for it to be worthwhile.

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