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SNL mocks networks’ Super Bowl coverage and the politics of the big game’s commercials

In an era without Donald Trump as president, NBC’s Saturday Night Live is no longer able to lean on politics for its cold open in quite the same way as it used to with sketches involving Joe Biden unlikely to generate similar laughs.

Instead on Saturday evening’s program, the cast sent up what will be undoubtedly Sunday evening’s most watched television show, the Super Bowl.    

The sketch began with the camera and special effects crew switching around some of the names before mimicking some of CBS Sports pre-game coverage. 

SNL’s second show of the year mocked CBS’ impending Super Bowl coverage

On Saturday evening's program, the cast sent up what will be undoubtedly Sunday evening's most watched television show, the Super Bowl.

On Saturday evening’s program, the cast sent up what will be undoubtedly Sunday evening’s most watched television show, the Super Bowl.

Kenan Thompson took on the role as anchor James Brown leading a panel discussion of various NFL topics including the league’s attempts at inclusion, and the spread of COVID-19.

‘Hello and welcome to the Super Bowl. Four hours of television for 11 minutes of action,’ the skit started.

The sketch then went on to imagine how Super Bowl coverage might look on other networks including Andy Cohen’s coverage of the game on Bravo and a slimy interpretation of the sporting highlight on Nickelodeon.

The sketch then went on to create fake Super Bowl commercials that included a mock Papa John’s ad referencing Pizza-gate.

The sketch envisioned how the Super Bowl might look on other networks including Andy Cohen's coverage of the game on Bravo

The sketch envisioned how the Super Bowl might look on other networks including Andy Cohen’s coverage of the game on Bravo

It was a slimy staging of the game for viewers of Nickelodeon

It was a slimy staging of the game for viewers of Nickelodeon 

The cold open looked at politically motivated commercials that will air on Sunday

The cold open looked at politically motivated commercials that will air on Sunday

A Papa John's commercial referenced the QAnon and Pizza-gate conspiracies

A Papa John’s commercial referenced the QAnon and Pizza-gate conspiracies 

‘At Papa John’s we know you want real ingredients. No additives, no preservatives and no child sex traffic in the basement. Sorry, Democrats. You’ll have to get your child sex pizza over at Hillary’s pizzeria. Papa John’s, it’s a-okay. Stop by with your Q-Pon today,’ the voiceover read.

Another advert aimed at the anti-vaccine crowd with a take on an old Budweiser commercial.

‘Don’t — Trust — Pfizer’ the famous Budweiser toads croaked.  

As well as mocking various aspects of the Super Bowl, the sketch also went on to to suggest that the majority of the game-viewing audience know very little about football.

COVID was mentioned by referencing a beer commercial suggesting people should have a second beer as well as getting their second doses of the coronavirus vaccine

COVID was mentioned by referencing a beer commercial suggesting people should have a second beer as well as getting their second doses of the coronavirus vaccine

A vintage Budweiser commercial was also mocked for anti-vaxxers saying: 'Don't-trust-Pfizer'

A vintage Budweiser commercial was also mocked for anti-vaxxers saying: ‘Don’t-trust-Pfizer’

It saw SNL mocking the team coaches in pre-game interviews which saw both talk in vagaries about each team’s playing strategy, essentially saying nothing of note whatsoever while still attempting to sound insightful at the same time. 

Comedian Aidy Bryant portrayed the coaches of both teams in a parody of how football coaches say little, especially tactically, before the big game.

‘Speaking of both sides, let’s talk to both of these incredible coaches about how they’re preparing for the big game. Joining us first is Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid,’ Keeenan’s Brown said.

‘Hey there, Jim, appreciate you having me,’ Bryant as coach Reid replied.

‘All right coach. how do you win this game?’ asked Brown

‘Well, we’re gonna pass it, and then we’re gonna run it and when they have the ball we’re gonna stop it,’ Reid replied.

Comedian Aidy Bryant portrayed the coaches of both teams in a parody of how football coaches say nothing of note, especially tactically, before the big game.

Comedian Aidy Bryant portrayed the coaches of both teams in a parody of how football coaches say nothing of note, especially tactically, before the big game.

Aidy appeared as both the Kansas City head coach and the Tampa Bay head coach, Bruce Arians, above

Aidy appeared as both the Kansas City head coach and the Tampa Bay head coach, Bruce Arians, above

Moments later, Bryant was seen again, this time as Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians.

‘Yeah, you’re just heard coach Reid’s plan. How do you match up against that?’ Kenan’s Brown asked.

‘Well we’re gonna run it first, then pass it. And then when they have the ball we’re gonna try to take the ball back,’ Bryant’s Arians said.

Just how close SNL got to the real thing will no doubt be revealed tomorrow evening. 

Dan Levy, who hosted SNL for the first time, appeared grateful to be appearing on the famous stage

Dan Levy, who hosted SNL for the first time, appeared grateful to be appearing on the famous stage

Schitt's Creek's real-life father-son duo joined forces when Dan, right, and Eugene Levy joked that he had to spend the show in a perspex box to prevent the spread of COVID

Schitt’s Creek’s real-life father-son duo joined forces when Dan, right, and Eugene Levy joked that he had to spend the show in a perspex box to prevent the spread of COVID

After the cold open, Schitt’s Creek’s real-life father-son duo joined forces.

Dan Levy, hosting SNL for the first time, gave a socially distanced tour of NBC Studio 8H only to find his dad, fellow Emmy winner Eugene Levy, who had come by to support his son.

 ‘I flew in to wish you luck tonight,’ Eugene said. ‘But because I traveled, I’m in this isolation box.’ 

Levy was guarded by two COVID compliance officers in head-to-toe personal protective equipment. 

‘I didn’t know about the box at the time,’ he said to his son. ‘I found out when I landed.’ 

Levy gave a socially distanced tour of NBC Studio 8H and was reminded to stay 6ft apart from guests using a pool noodle

Levy gave a socially distanced tour of NBC Studio 8H and was reminded to stay 6ft apart from guests using a pool noodle

Levy walked around the backstage areas of the famous NBC studio giving viewers a tour

Levy walked around the backstage areas of the famous NBC studio giving viewers a tour


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