Sen. Ted Cruz decided to battle Big Bird on Twitter for promoting the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, and “Saturday Night Live” of course took on this A-list feud by sending up GOP politicians, Britney Spears, Joe Rogan and “Sesame Street.”
Saturday’s cold open took “kids” down to “Cruz Street” and returned cast member Aidy Bryant as Cruz, who introduced himself as “a Texas senator and last one invited to Thanksgiving.” Because Big Bird and “Sesame Street” have been teaching children “dangerous ideas like numbers and kindness,” this Cruz decided to create his own street: “It’s a gated community where kids are protected from woke government.”
Bryant’s Cruz brought along some special guests, including Marjorie Taylor Greene (Cecily Strong) who brandished an AR-15 and said that today’s episode featured the letter Q: “Not the letter, the man.” Even Big Bird (Kyle Mooney) came out, not feeling great after his vaccine shot. “My feathers fell out … and my joints don’t work.”
The faux senator told him to “take a bath in Borax” but then Pete Davidson’s Rogan came out to bring his own medical advice. “I used to host ‘Fear Factor’ and now doctors fear me,” he said, telling Big Bird to take zinc and horse medicine.
“Why would a bird take horse medicine?” Big Bird asked. Rogan responded: “I’m a human and I took horse medicine.”
The cold open also had appearances from a Bert and Ernie who were “out and proud,” though Cruz clarified, “They’re out there every day fighting the progressive agenda”; Oscar the Slouch (Chris Redd), who got so much stimulus money from President Joe Biden that “I decided to quit work and live in this trash can”; the Recount Count (“I’m moving to Arizona!”); and Chloe Fineman’s Spears, who was all about the word of the week, freedom: “Oh my God, you guys, we did it!”
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