Adam Driver hosted the season return of Saturday Night Live, which opened with a parody of the latest GOP presidential hopefuls’ debate, as if parody could do the actual Fox Business Network-sponsored event itself any justice. The cold open featured Cecily Strong and Kyle Mooney as moderators Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto, with Darrell Hammond’s Donald Trump, Taran Killam’s Ted Cruz, Bobby Moynihan’s Chris Christie, Beck Bennett’s Jeb Bush, Pete Davidson’s Marco Rubio and Jay Pharoah’s Ben Carson. “Trump” raised the issue of Cruz’ Canadian conundrum, and the senator responded that he couldn’t possibly be Canuck because “Canadians are well-liked and I’m not…Canadians are genuine and warm whereas when I smile, it looks like I’m peeing.” Best line: Asked about the threat of ISIS, “Carson” responded, “War has changed in the 6,000 years the world has existed. Our enemies can now send an electromagnetic pulse into our exo-atmosphere, scrambling our electrosity.” You couldn’t make this stuff up. Oh, wait.
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