In last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” actor James Austin Johnson once again returned to the podium to offer his spoof on current President Joe Biden. The current POTUS has been receiving heavy criticism in recent weeks for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit record-breaking totals at the start of the new year.
The skit opens to Biden standing behind his podium as he prepares to address the nation.
“There’s one simple thing you can do to make this whole virus go away,” he says. “Stop seeing ‘Spider-Man.”
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The “SNL” sketch jokingly suggested that the recent release of the newest “Spider-Man” movie was to blame for the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.
“Think about it — when did Spider-Man come out? December 17th,” Biden said. “When did every single person get Omicron? The week after December 17th.”
“That’s really all I have to say,” he continued. “I yield the remainder of my time to questions.”
One reporter asked, “I’m sorry… did you really just blame the entire spread of Omicron on people seeing ‘Spider-Man’?”
“I did,” Biden replied. “Yes. Next question.”
Another reporter asked, “So you think all COVID will end if people stop going to the movies?”
“I didn’t say, ‘Don’t go to the movies,’” he continued. “I said ‘Stop seeing Spider-Man.’ See anything else. I saw the first half-hour of ‘House of Gucci.’ That’s more than enough movie for anyone.”
Another reporter asked, “Is this theory based on any kind of data?”
“Yes, everyone in America has seen ‘Spider-Man’ like eight times,” he continued. “Everyone in America also has COVID. Stop seeing ‘Spider-Man.’”
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Later in the skit, a reporter asked, “Have you seen Spider-Man?”
“I couldn’t get tickets, and I am on the stubs A-list,” Biden replied. “Jill and I tried to go last night and they only had one seat left in the front row. What was I supposed to do? Make Jill go see ‘Encanto’ alone?”
Another reporter asked, “What about experts who say the real problem is a lack of testing?”
“Oh, they’ve tested ‘Spider-Man,’” Biden answered. “98% on Au Gratin Potatoes.”
When asked about other problems, like voting rights, which has also been making headlines recently, Biden blamed all of the nation’s problems on – you guessed it – Spider-Man.
One reporter asked, “Mr. President, isn’t the real reason you can’t pass the Voting Rights Act because members of your own party refuse to get rid of the filibuster?”
“It’s true,” Biden replied. “Spider-Man has his villains. I have Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. The only difference is, if one of Spider-Man’s villains saw Kyrsten Sinema, they would say, ‘Hey honey, that outfit is a little much.’”
Later, a reporter asked, “Do you think that elsewhere in the multiverse, there’s a version of you that wants people to see Spider-Man?”
“Finally a good question,” Biden answered. “I actually thought about this a lot. I’m consulting with Dr. Fauci and Doctor Strange. As far as I can tell, there are at least three Joe Bidens. One of them is me. One of them is the Joe Biden that lost to Trump. That Joe Biden hosts a show on CNBC called T-Birds, Tacos, and Trains. There’s a third Joe Biden who was the greatest president in history. My approval ratings are sky high, and I actually am supported by my own part. And I understand the show ‘Euphoria.’”
A reporter asked, “You’re now saying that we are living in a ‘Spider-Man’ style multiverse?”
“Doesn’t that make more sense than whatever the h— our current world is?” he replied.
The skit concluded with Pete Davidson appearing as “Joe Biden from the real universe.” He explained that “the timeline you are all living in is about to collapse. It was created as a joke starting in 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Now it spiraled out of control and could explode at any minute.”
“Am I the president in this real world?” Biden asked.
“Of course not,” Pete Davidson responded. “Did you really think that you would lose four times and then finally win when you were 78?”
When a reporter asked about everyone else, Davidson replied, “Everyone on earth is better off in the real world except one man named Pete Davidson. His world is maybe more fun for him.”
Fans can check out the full seven-minute skit below!