World News – US – « SNL »: Chris Rock covers COVID, vote and « renegotiation » with government in host monologue


Chris Rock was the first host of the 46th season of « Saturday Night Live », and he had a big order ahead of him It wasn’t only the series’ return to Studio 8H for the first time this season, but also for the first time since the start of 2020, since the coronavirus pandemic has moved the end of their production from season 45 to « at home » episodes

Rock stepped out on stage with a mask on but quickly removed it to deliver his monologue, which began by addressing the ‘elephant in the room’, which President Donald Trump is in the hospital with COVID

He also briefly touched on the new protocols in place in the studio to allow the show to take place live and in person. He acknowledged the studio audience, noting that they had been carefully vetted before being admitted and that they were all first responders « We are letting people die tonight so they can see a good show, » he joked

He also pointed out that he gets dabbed on a daily basis « I haven’t had that much stuff up my nose since I shared a locker room with Chris Farley, » he says

COVID took center stage in his monologue, as he also explained how he ended the plans In his case, it was his sister’s wedding, for which he paid Bell $ 80,000 Biv Devoe « and I can’t get it back », and Coachella (« I know 200,000 Americans are dead, but I don’t see Rage Against the Machine this year, man It’s a parody »)

He also commented on the « renegotiations » he sees couples go through « I think we need to renegotiate our relationship with the government, » he said « Is this working? I think Joe Biden should be the last president of all time We need a whole new system, okay? … What job do you have for four years, no matter what? « 

He continued, “We agreed in the United States that we shouldn’t have kings, but we have dukes and duchesses who run the Senate and Congress, who make decisions for the poor. Rich people making decisions for the poor – it’s like your handsome friend is giving you dating advice « 

Rock reminded the audience that the only credentials a president technically needs is to be 35 years old and born in the United States “That’s how we ended up in this predicament,” he said. “There should be rules to be president. You realize there are more rules in a game show than to run for president? Donald Trump quit a game show to run for president because it was easier « 

Rock wasn’t there to completely disparage the current president, however He said a good thing is « he has the most energy of any 75-year-old on the face of the Earth », comparing him to a « dominant boxer » like Ronda Rousey

The goal, he noted, was to get out and vote, but « the government doesn’t want you to vote. Why do I know they don’t want you to vote? » Because election day is a Tuesday in November… If this show were « Tuesday Night Live », it would have been canceled in 1975 « 

« We have to take this seriously, man, » he said, « Whatever’s going on right now, we can lick this – we can beat this – if we face it together »

« Saturday Night Live » airs live coast to coast on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT on NBC

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World News – US – « SNL »: Chris Rock covers COVID, voting and « renegotiation » with government in monologue host


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