Saturday Night Live mocked Vice President Mike Pence’s televised COVID-19 vaccination from the White House, joking that he was acting as President Trump’s ‘human shield’ while Rudy Giuliani is offered a rabies shot.
‘I’m sure all Americans are excited to see me, the guy who let COVID spread everywhere, get one of the first vaccines,’ said Pence, who in real life is the head of the White House coronavirus task force.
SNL cast member Beck Bennett made light of the vice president wearing short sleeves while getting his shot on Friday at the White House, which he mistakenly thought was going to be administered through his buttocks.
He also sought to allay fears about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it ‘completely safe and harmless.’
‘That’s why President Trump refuses to take it or talk about it,’ Pence says.
The newest episode also introduced to America the show’s replacement for Jim Carrey, who bowed out of portraying President-elect Joe Biden – SNL cast member Alex Moffat.
Moffat debuted his Biden imitation alongside Maya Rudolph, who returned as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who slaps Pence across the face when he suggests that the election results may not stand up.
Vice President Mike Pence, who is played by Saturday Night Live cast member Beck Bennett (left), is about to get his COVID-19 vaccination at the White House
The latest episode featured SNL cast member Alex Moffat (left) debuting his imitation of President-elect Joe Biden. He appeared alongside Maya Rudolph, who once again portrayed Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was offered a rabies shot by the White House doctor. Giuliani is played above by Kate McKinnon
Pence was portrayed as a feckless, yes-man to Trump, whose absence was felt.
‘He’s a colorful man and even more fun on steroids,’ the vice president said.
When Harris slaps Pence for suggesting that the election results would be overturned, the vice president protests: ‘Trump made me do it!’
When Pence noted that he was ‘rocking short sleeves,’ he mentioned that his looking ‘swole as F’ was ‘not an allergic reaction.’
‘I’ve been lifting weights in my driveway like Kevin Spacey in American Beauty, but that’s where the similarities end,’ Pence said.
The reference is to the long-running gag on SNL which has suggested that Pence’s conservative stance on LGBTQ issues is due to his being a closet homosexual.
After Pence get the injection, he observes how he ‘didn’t feel a thing.’
‘Yep. It’s totally painless,’ the doctor said to him.
‘No,’ the vice president chimed in. ‘I meant for the past four years, I haven’t felt a thing.
‘Just kind of watched the country burn.’
SNL also made fun of Pence’s socially conservative behavior, including his reference to his wife, Karen, as ‘mother.’
When Rudolph came into the sketch as Harris, Bennett’s Pence covered his bare arms in shame.
‘No, no, no, no, no,’ a panicked vice president said.
‘Kamala Harris, you can’t see my bare forearms like this. Eyes off my elbows!’
‘I promise you, I am not interested,’ the vice president-elect responded.
When Pence asked Harris how she got into the White House, she responded: ‘I won more votes.’
Pence responded: ‘I suppose you and Joe might be in here soon if those election results hold up.’ That’s when an agitated Harris slaps Pence.
The vice president said Trump ‘made me do it’ by threatening to ‘make my Spotify playlist public.’
After Harris appeared, she invited Biden to join her on stage.
The president-elect then limps toward the stage with the aid of a cane and a cast on his leg. In real life, Biden suffered a hairline fracture in his foot while playing with his dog.
‘I’m like Colonel Sanders. A different guy every time!’ Moffat’s Biden said.
‘There’s a good chance that by this time next year, I’m going to be Mario Lopez.’
In real life, Lopez, the former Saved By The Bell star, is starring in a new Lifetime movie in which he portrays Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland David Sanders.