Chris Rock’s Monologue for the Season 46 Premiere of Saturday Night Live

Chris Rock hosted the season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live, and set the tone for his eight-minute monologue, emerging from the traditional entry wearing a mask as the SNL house band was safely behind two plexiglass partitions.

Rock quickly de-masked, though, holding it for the monologue, and letting us know the limited studio audience — at least on the floor level — were all first responders, and joked that some New Yorkers might need to die tonight so these essential workers could have a good time for once in six months. Rock also addressed “the elephant in the room,” namely President Trump’s admission into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19. “I just want to say, my heart goes out to COVID,” Rock quipped.

He joked about how COVID-19 and 2020 ruined everyone’s plans, including his own sister’s wedding, which left him out $80,000 for hiring Bell Biv DeVoe. Oh, luxury problems.

Rock also wondered how almost anyone can be president and stay president for four years now, and made a pitch for term limits for the U.S. Senate, comparing the current Senate to dukes and duchesses making decision for us commonfolk. Rock also wondered why Election Day is a Tuesday in November if they really wanted us to vote.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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