"Saturday Night Live" mocked its own network through NBC City Hall with President Donald Trump, and added a surprise joke about a Syracuse University alumnus.
The "SNL" Cold Open featured the dueling town halls held on Thursday. Savannah Guthrie (played by Kate McKinnon) interviewed Trump (Alec Baldwin) on NBC while George Stephanopoulos (Mikey Day) hosted Joe Biden (Jim Carrey). The sketch kicked off both contestants, including Trump's comments on white supremacists and Covid-19 ("I had a small fever of about 100 degrees Celsius"), while Carrey channeled Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross to "poorly attended" Biden's storytelling “To fake college lecture. "
Trump and Biden were originally scheduled to hold their second presidential debate on Thursday, but Trump stepped down when the commission wanted to make the debate virtual after the president infected the coronavirus. ABC went ahead with Biden with a town hall and NBC later planned Trump for the same time window, which sparked criticism.
Michael Che, host of Weekend Update, said the conflicting programs shouldn't have come as a surprise.
"What can we say, we have a guy," he said while putting up a picture of Bill Cosby and Matt Lauer next to Trump.
The Pfauen network previously broadcast "The Cosby Show" and Trump's "The Apprentice", while Lauer hosted the "Today" show for 20 years. All three were charged with rape and other sexual misconduct by several women. Cosby is currently in jail after being convicted of substance abuse and sexual assault on a woman in his home.
Che further criticized President Trump for refusing to condemn QAnon, claiming he knew nothing about the conspiracy theory group.
"Come on, how can you not know anything about QAnon?" Asked Che. "You're on Twitter all day. That would be like saying," I don't know about Lexington Steele. "
Who is Lexington Steele? Che didn't elaborate on the reference, just showed a picture of the Syracuse University alumnus amid a delayed laugh. Steele is a porn star who has appeared in more than 800 adult films including "Lex Steele XXX" and has been named AVN Actor of the Year three times according to IMDb. His mainstream credits include Weeds, Nip / Tuck, Crank: High Voltage and the World of Warcraft video game series.
Steele, whose real name is Clifton Todd Britt Jr., graduated from SU in 1993 with a double degree in history and African American studies. He worked as a stockbroker in New York before entering the adult entertainment business and now owns production companies Mercenary Motion Pictures and Black Viking Pictures.
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The joke surprised many.
"I think this is the first time I've mentioned Lexington on network television," responded one Twitter user.
"Lexington Steele?!?!?! This is the best weekend update yet," wrote another.
"I can't believe I dropped a Lexington Steele joke on SNL," tweeted a third.
Others were even more surprised by what they found when they searched the Internet for "Lexington Steele". (Warning: NSFW; results may contain content that is not suitable for younger audiences.)
“Am I the only one who had to look up #LexingtonSteele? Yall nasty lol. #SNL, "said a Twitter user.
“I had to google Lexington Steele … damn it, Che. #SNL, "said another.
Steele, 50, shared his own reaction.
“I appreciate the name drop. That was really cool !!! ”He tweeted with a video clip of the reference.
Other highlights of the "SNL" episode were host Issa Rae on a first date that was interrupted by ex-boyfriends. Fans of a closed Jack Flatts restaurant threatening to kidnap the governor; a "Weekend Update" segment with Eric, Donald Jr., and Tiffany Trump (Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman); and musical performances by Justin Bieber.