“Saturday Night Live” opened this week’s episode by taking on one of the most notable moments in recent news: the House Select Committee’s investigation into the January 6, 2021 riot.
Kenan Thompson, who played Republican Bennie Thompson, opened the NBC variety show by introducing himself to the committee’s ninth and final hearing.
“January 6th was one of the most dramatic and impactful moments in our nation’s history, so we gathered a group of monotone coping nerds to make a PowerPoint,” said Thompson’s Bennie Thompson.
He then said that the committee had been looking into the attack for more than a year but this session would be “a little different”.
“We’ll summarize our findings, take a vote to make history, and then we’ll all have a little treat,” Thompson’s Bennie Thompson said as he brought out the pastries.
After this presentation, Representative Liz Cheney, played by Heidi Gardner, took the floor.
“Over the past few months, this bipartisan committee has made our case to all Americans,” he said. “Whether you’re a Republican who isn’t watching or a Democrat who’s nodding your head, one person is responsible for this insurgency: Donald Trump. And one person will suffer the consequences: Me”.
Gardner’s Cheney said viewers wonder what makes him so tough, saying he would ask viewers, “Who’s your daddy? Is it Dick Cheney?
“So, yeah, I guess you could say I have a lot of Dick Cheney energy,” he said.
The committee then reviewed some of its evidence, including video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, played by Chloe Fineman, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, played by Sarah Sherman, in a bunker.
“Hello, DoorDash? It’s Chuck Schumer,” Sherman’s Schumer said on the phone from the bunker. “Yeah, we haven’t gotten our lunch order yet. And I changed our drop-off location due to an unfortunate betrayal, but it should have arrived by now.”
Then the committee asked a bunch of people if then-President Donald Trump lost the election, including a White House janitor who said he lost the election.
Trump also asked a dog that “rocked the dead one from side to side.”
“Donald was desperate to hold on to power,” said Representative Adam Kinzinger, played by Andrew Dismukes. “While there were true heroes like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer running this country.
He then immediately cut to Sherman’s Schumer and Fineman’s Pelosi talking to then-Vice President Mike Pence.
“Tell me, if Trump comes right now I’m going to punch him in the face,” Pelosi told Fineman. “I’ll go to jail, but I’ll be happy.”
Thompson’s Bennie Thompson then asked Gardner’s Cheney for his final thoughts.
“The fact is that Trump intended to claim victory regardless of the outcome,” he said. “Watch this video of the president one day before the election.”
The video shown showed James Austin Johnson Trump on the phone saying “votes don’t matter”.
“What is the vote?” he said
The committee then voted to subpoena Trump. They all voted yes and thought he would indeed appear.
“Okay, I can already see it’s a total zero,” Thompson’s Bennie Thompson said. “I want to thank my colleagues for devoting their summers and in some cases their careers to this committee.”
He then added that it was “a fun country while it lasted”.
After that, he brought up the show’s signature catchphrase, “Live…from New York! It’s Saturday night!”.