'SNL' Recreates Presidential Town Halls with Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey

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Thursday's presidential town halls took the spotlight during "Saturday Night Live's" third episode of its 46th Season. Alec Baldwin was back in his guest role as President Donald Trump, while Jim Carrey portrayed former vice president and current democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden for the third week in a row. Mikey Day portrayed George Stephanopoulos, […]
Thursday's presidential town halls took the spotlight during "Saturday Night Live's" third episode of its 46th Season.

Alec Baldwin was back in his guest role as President Donald Trump, while Jim Carrey portrayed former vice president and current democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden for the third week in a row. Mikey Day portrayed George Stephanopoulos, Kate McKinnon portrayed "bad ass" Savannah Guthrie, and Maya Rudolph returned as Sen. Kamala Harris.

The late-night sketch comedy show was expected to recreate this political event, especially given that Trump's real-life town hall aired on "SNL's" own network, NBC. After it was announced that NBC would air that event, a number of top performers and producers — including talent that currently work on NBC shows — signed a letter asking the network brass to rethink that decision. The "SNL" team did not sign that letter, clearly working on a different kind of reaction, which played out on Oct. 17.

"One town hall was a thoughtful, cogent discussion of the issues facing our country. The other featured President Trump," the cold open began.

The town halls were then "recreated" and intercut with each other to simulate the at-home viewer "flipping back and forth" between them. The vibe Biden's town hall was going for, Day as Stephanopoulos said, was "poorly attended college lecture" and would feature "softball questions" from those who support Biden, as well as those who hate Trump, Day as Stephanopoulos noted — although he did ask those who were asking questions to "limit how many times you…
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