It was a busy week for the 2020 presidential candidates—Joe Biden's campaign rebounded on Super Tuesday, and the Democratic field was cut nearly in half with the departures of Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg. But for its cold open, Saturday Night Live eschewed the sort of candidate impression-fest that's kicked off many recent episodes, and instead started the show with a Fox News parody that featured a surprise appearance from the real-life Senator Warren.
The segment took the form of an episode of the Ingraham Angle, hosted by Kate McKinnon as the "Joey Fatone of Fox News," Laura Ingraham. Cecily Strong brought back her always-perfect Jeanine Pirro impression, and the two Fox personalities talked about the "left's coronavirus smear campaign."
"The left is trying to whip people into a fear frenzy of lies, which just isn't right," said McKinnon. "That's our thing."
"Americans are not at risk," insisted Strong, "especially not our viewers, who skew elderly, are in bad health, live cloistered together in homes specifically for sick people, and have smoked their entire lives."
Mikey Day and Alexander Moffat stopped by as Don Jr. and Eric Trump, while Darrell Hammond pulled out a pretty great Chris Matthews impression. Then they cut to Elizabeth Warren—but instead of McKinnon in glasses and a brightly-colored jacket, the real-life senator joined the show.
"We built a wide coalition of teachers, pre-school teachers, middle school teachers, and teachers' pets," Warren joked of her campaign.
Before making a rush change to join the senator decked out in her Warren drag, McKinnon asked if the former candidate would be endorsing Biden or Bernie Sanders."Maybe I'll just pull a New York Times and endorse them both," Warren replied.
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