SNL Dunks On George Santos In Brilliant Opening Segment

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Saturday Night Live’s(SNL) cold open was a killer. The show featured the irresistible bad boy character Congressman George Santos (R-NY). Bowen Yang played Santos, the man for whom no truth shall ever pass his lips. Check out one of SNL’s best cold opens.

The SNL Cold Open began with a fake team of sports commentators who said they saw the congressman had won a Heisman trophy and more accolades than Tom Brady of football fame. So perhaps they should hire him.

The SNL cold open turned to comedian Mikey Day saying:

‘George Santos represents America and can vote on wars.’

Santos with his rapid-fire lie-after-lie has been caught in crimes ranging from stealing his roommates’ clothing to absconding with a veteran’s service dog’s cancer surgery money. And then we learn that Speaker Kevin McCarthy rewarded the fabulist by putting him on two House committees.

Santos said that he was the first to “dunk a football,” according to The Rolling Stone:

‘I am proud to be the first African American quarterback to ever dunk a football.’

Then the cold open evolved into Santos performing in his sparkling red drag queen dress from when he lived in Brazil. Interestingly enough,  the real Santos vehemently denies this. Then, the congressman changed his story via YouTube:

‘I was young and I had fun at a festival. Sue me for having a life.’

James Austin Johnson played broadcaster Jimmy Johnson, CBS YouTube reported

‘Now George, first of all, congrats on an amazing caree. “I didn’t even know you played football, but I see here you were the first player to lead the league in passing and rushing.’

The congressman offered his “real stats, including infinity wigs snatched, [and] the award for tightest tuck:”

‘Now I’ve rewritten the Fox football anthem, which I’m allowed to do because my mother died twice on 9/11!’

Then, the fake Santos said he won many football “pageants:”

‘That’s correct. I’m sort of the real Bo Jackson. And I’m proud to be the first African American quarterback to ever dunk a football. [And definitely] didn’t do drag in Brazil under the name Kitara Ravache. [But] whoever did, though, was very, very good at it and won many, many pageants.’

SNL startled the audience when Yang reappeared mere moments later in full drag, according to The Daily Beast.

‘I’m not George, I’m Kitara Ravache!’

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Appropriately, the SNL Santos cried out with full enthusiasm:

‘[L]ive from New York, it’s Saturday night!’

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Undoubtedly, there will be more Santos humor to come.


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