“Saturday Night Live” game show opened its run this week by testing the attitudes of contestants reading news headlines.
“Have you noticed that everyone around you is angry and mad? People are flipping to Target, punching is back, and the only thing that can cheer us up is watching a hot show about Jeffrey Dahmer,” said Morgan Freegirl, who plays Bowen Yang. A duo of recent Netflix true crime shows“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” and “Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes.”
“We live on the edge and I’m here to push us when we play tonight so you don’t think you’ll snap!” says Bowen’s Freegirl.
The fictional game show assembled a group of contestants that it called “the only people in America who haven’t been photographed yet.”
One of the contestants, Kayla, played by Chloe Fineman, is a mom who says she’s obsessed with pickleball. She tells Freegirl that she has four children and doesn’t have time to worry about anything else.
Kayla is then read a series of headlines involving a Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker “A study found that 86% of today’s kids say their dream job will influence when they grow up.”
More agitated, Fineman’s Kayla says, “It sounds dumb, but my kids are into video games.”
Yang’s Freegirl then shows a clip of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”. Trailer was released this week, in which Chris Pratt voices Mario, the game’s iconic Italian plumber.
“He’s got to be Italian! That’s like his whole thing,” Kayla exclaims at Brad’s performance. She then smacks a flight attendant standing nearby.
The next contestant is Dale, played by Kenan Thompson, who is placed in front of a table of items that can easily be wiped off the floor. Yang’s Freegirl begins by saying, “This week, Elon Musk…” Dale screeches and sweeps breakables off the table. “That man needs to shut up!” Thompson’s Dale shouts.
After sending another competitor over the edge with headlines about Kanye West’s latest fashion During the show, where she wore shirts that read “White Lives Matter” and several black models, Yang’s Freegirl teased, “When we come back, we’ll show an episode of ‘Euphoria’ to an 80-year-old man.”
The cast of the sketch came together for the show’s signature catch phrase, “Live… from New York. It’s Saturday night!”