Male anger was the primary target for ridicule in this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open, as the show unsparingly mocked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Thursday testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The first sketch of the show’s 44th season premiere had fun with the hours-long committee hearing, choosing to focus more on Kavanaugh than his accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Ford has accused the federal judge of sexual assault in the 1980s and an FBI investigation into the allegations, at the behest of senators, has begun.
Striding into the hearing room, guest-star Matt Damon, playing Kavanaugh, maintained a furious demeanor for much of the 13-minute sketch.
“What?” he yelled upon taking his seat. “Let me tell you this, I’m gonna start at an 11. I’m gonna take it to about a 15 real quick.”
The show presented an absurd reflection of the indignation Kavanaugh displayed on Thursday. In some parts of the sketch, Damon’s Kavanaugh did not have to stray far from the transcript of Thursday’s actual questioning.
One section was taken almost verbatim from the hearing, showing Damon responding with combativeness to questions about his drinking habits from Senator Amy Klobuchar, played by former SNL cast member Rachel Dratch.
“Did you ever drink so much that you blacked out?” Dratch asked.
“I don’t know, did you?” Damon explodes. “Huh? Huh? Huh? Did you ever black out?”
“Excuse me?” Dratch responded.
Damon, as the soon-remorseful Kavanaugh: “Sorry, sorry, I didn’t mean that. I think I blacked out for a second.”
Kavanaugh’s alleged drinking habits were used again and again as punchlines.
“Now I’m usually an optimist. I’m a ‘keg is half full’ kind of guy,” Damon said. “But what I’ve seen from the monsters on this committee makes me want to puke, and not from beer”
Watch the video below:
More Must-Reads From TIME
- Inside the White House Program to Share America's Secrets
- Meet the 2024 Women of the Year
- East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment
- The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap
- Long COVID Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Does
- Column: The New Antisemitism
- The Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Netflix
- Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time
Write to Alejandro de la Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org