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SNL parodies Mario, Kanye West and Herschel Walker in Game Show Sketch

“Saturday Night Live” ridiculed the seemingly endless barrage of bad headlines in the season 48 second episode opening skit.

Bowen Yang starred in Game 1 as a game show host for “So You Think You Won’t Snap,” a program in which contestants read real-life headlines in an effort to make them snap. whether that means breaking a glass or hitting an assistant. Also in the skit, Heidi Gardner as a yoga instructor who is forced to watch a video of President Joe Biden talking about his mental state on CNN; Chloe Fineman as an apolitical mother outraged by the voice of Chris Pratt in the movie “Super Mario Bros”; Kenan Thompson as a contestant who loses it at the mere mention of Elon Musk; and Devon Walker as the contestant facing a deluge of negative news involving Kanye West. Look at the sketch below.

The Oct. 8 episode was hosted by Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, who co-stars with Colin Farrell in Martin McDonagh’s upcoming comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin.” Gleeson, who is earning Oscar buzz for his role in the film as a man living in a small Irish community, promoted the episode with a memorable behind-the-scenes promo that featured him skating through the Studio 8H set of the comedy sketch show. His opening monologue saw Colin Farrell stop for a guest appearance.

The episode also featured Willow as a musical guest, performing songs from her new album “Coping Mechanism.” The October 15 episode will feature rapper Megan Thee Stallion playing the dual role of host and musical guest, with future episode lineups to be announced at a later date.

“Saturday Night Live” features Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Gardner, Ego Nwodim, Bowen Yang, Fineman, Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes and Michael Che and Colin Jost as Weekend Update hosts. The cast also includes James Austin Johnson, Sarah Sherman, Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Walker as star players. Kent Sublette, Alison Gates and Streeter Seidell are the main writers for the series, while Liz Patrick is directing.

Created and produced by Lorne Michaels, the long-running sketch comedy series is produced by Broadway Video and SNL Studios and distributed by NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. The show airs live nationwide on NBC at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET on Saturdays. Additionally, starting this season, episodes are available the next day on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streamer.