Matt Damon plays Brett Kavanaugh in 'Saturday Night Live' premiere

Emmett Rice
October 3, 2018

Saturday Night Live returned Saturday with its own spin on Thursday's Kavanaugh hearing for its new season's cold open.

Matt Damon portrays an increasingly angry Kavanaugh opening with: "Let me tell you this". Bringing in yet another ringer, in this case Matt Damon, to play the Judge, was a masterful piece of casting, not only because Damon does bear a resemblance to Kavanaugh but because he played the role perfectly. In the sketch Damon's Kavanaugh says he's a "keg-is-half-full kind of guy" and blames, among others, Kathy Griffin and George Soros for the political theatrics he is being forced to endure.

"I don't know the meaning of the word stop", he said in another line. The sketch was a much-needed laugh at the expense of those involved in the Kavanaugh hearings, but the sketches smartest move was leaving out a key figure - Christine Blasey Ford. None. Meanwhile I've got these. Aidy Bryant also gave a great performance as the embattled prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who is repeatedly cut off by the men in the senate, saying "I can not believe I flew here on Southwest for this". Lindsey Graham and Aidy Bryant as Rachel Mitchell, the little-seen prosecutor hired to oversee the testimonies. "But I will not shut up because this is a bunch of crap", he said.

"You know what this is, Judge Kavanaugh?". Americans "overwhelmingly believe [Ford] is honest", said Quinnipiac assistant director Tim Malloy, but "there is a very sharp divide between men and women on credibility".

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"Like many, I don't watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer amusing, no talent or charm". Graham's intentions for giving the speech, joking that this was his "audition for Mr. Trump's cabinet".

The show mocks Kavanaugh's emotions when talking about his own calendar, as well has his outburts of anger.

The sketch ends with a closing statement from Kavanaugh warning Americans that "you're all going to pay!" once "I get on that Supreme Court".

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