This combined photo shows Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris, left, D-Calif., At Shaw University during a campaign visit to Raleigh, North Carolina, September 28, 2020, and actress Maya Rudolph at the Oscars in Los Angeles on February 9, 2020.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Saturday Night Live” got political with a spoof of this week’s presidential debate, Chris Rock’s hit on President Donald Trump and Megan Thee Stallion’s message supporting black people during her performance.

NBC’s late-night Saturday night skit series jumped into re-enactment of the recent debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The series opened its 46th season, returning to the studio this week after production ceased by the coronavirus pandemic.

Alec Baldwin returned to play Trump before the president’s COVID diagnosis, while Jim Carrey made his debut as Biden.

In the skit, Baldwin’s Trump commandeered the debate in the same manner as Tuesday, trying to trip Biden up by interrupting and insulting him. Meanwhile, Carrey’s Biden tried to keep his anger down by breathing into a brown paper bag and talking to himself.

“Look man, I’m a nice guy, but you don’t laugh tonight, I’m gonna rip your face off like a crazy chimpanzee,” Carrey shouted before talking to himself again, saying, “The country is counting on you Joe Stay here and look lucid.

Maya Rudolph made a cameo appearance as Senator Kamala Harris calling for a WAP (Woman As President) – a nod to Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s hit song – before Carrey’s Biden released a remote control to put Trump on hiatus.

“Let’s take advantage of Trump’s absence,” Carrey said.

The show was hosted by Chris Rock who took the stage with a mask on before tearing it off to perform his monologue. It opened to a live audience, which included around two dozen first responders who all wore masks.

Rock joked about how the coronavirus pandemic has ruined much of 2020. The actor-comedian also sarcastically showed empathy for Trump’s hospitalization after his virus diagnosis.

“President Trump is in the hospital because of COVID, and I just want to say my heart is going to COVID,” he joked.

Rock shared his thoughts on America’s need to “renegotiate its plans” with the government.

“What job have you had for 4 years no matter what? Just show me a job. If you hired a cook and he made people throw up every day, would you sit there and say “Oh he has a 4 year contract,” he said. “We just threw up for four more years.”

Rock was once part of an “SNL” cast that included Chris Farley, Mike Myers, David Spade and Adam Sandler. Rock spent three years on the show before leaving in 1993.

Megan Thee Stallion took the stage as a musical guest performing her single “Savage”. While wearing a black and white ensemble, the rapper delivered a message calling for the protection of blacks, in addition to the words “Protect Black Women” flashing on the screen behind her.