Saturday Night Live is notorious for having hit-or-miss cold opens to it’s shows but three episodes into it’s 39th season, SNL has been slaying the satire with razor sharp wit in the cold open. Last night saw the show improve to 3-0 in cold opens as Taran Killam, Keenan Thompson and Cecily Strong combined Gravity and the government shutdown to create another great opening to Saturday Night Live.
The sketch spoofed on the $100 million hit film Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock but rather when they call into NASA for help while drifting away in space, Keenan Thompson shows up to tell them that due to the government shutdown no one will be able to help them — but he can take a message for them.
The government shutdown s far from being laughing matter but SNL has a long standing tradition of making us laugh off the stress of life’s problems if even for just a few moments. It wasn’t a particularly long cold open this week, but it didn’t need to be. It got the punches in fast and quick, getting out just in time for it to be one of the best sketches of the night.
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