Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson gets advice from ‘SNL’


“I made a campaign promise to bring a black woman to court, and I did it. So it’s a campaign promise down there and only 74 to go.

Kenan Thompson as Justice Thurgood Marshall, Chris Redd as Jackie Robinson, Ego Nvodim as Justice-nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson and Punky Johnson as Harriet Tubman during the cold open of “Saturday Night Lives” on April 9. Will Heath/NBC

History was made last week when Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, making her the first black woman to be a Supreme Court justice.

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And, although it was not largely monumental, a “Saturday Night Live” sketch lauded the feat, imagining Jackson (as played by Ego Navodim) preparing for a celebratory speech as he spoke to President Joe Biden. (James Austin Johnson). the White House.

Johnson, as Biden, patted himself on the back: “I made a campaign promise to court a black woman, and I did it,” he said. “So it’s a campaign promise down and only 74 to go.”

As for Jackson, Nvodim explained that she was happy to play her part to ensure her confirmation: “Twice as hard as a white man in my whole life, and then a Ted Cruz calling me a pedophile. Spend the week,” she said.

As he passed out, Johnson offered him some words of encouragement. “Take a moment in this room,” he said. “Feel the weight of history. Sometimes I love to imagine talking to all the great Americans who came before me.”

Reflecting on this advice, the novice asked himself, “Who would I like to talk to?”

Saying this, she is joined by Kate McKinnon, who returns to her recurring role as the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and offers the novice some guidance.

“Here’s my advice,” said McKinnon. “Always label your lunches. A lot of those other judges, they got sticky fingers.” Plus, she added, “If you’re anything like me, white women like your face buttons with ‘I voted’ stickers.” Will start wearing like It’s weird but they mean well. ,

Next, Kenan Thompson entered as Justice Thurgood Marshall. Reflecting on his time at the forefront of the civil rights movement, Thompson said, “I was there when people of color in this country came up with one voice and said that’s enough. And then white people said, We’ll talk about it.” I will think

Still, Thompson told the newcomer not to give up on democracy. “I mean, I was the first black Supreme Court judge,” he said. “You should be, what, 10th? 20th?

The newcomer replied, “No, only the third.”

“There is no question of your honor now,” replied Thompson quickly.

Punky Johnson, who appeared as Harriet Tubman, was skeptical when she learned from Novodim that she would serve the appointment of a lifetime: “It’s not like that,” Johnson said. “Seems like a trap.”

When Novodim assured her that was not the case, Johnson replied, “Okay, but if it is, light two candles and meet me at the farmhouse at midnight.”

Chris Redd entered as Jackie Robinson to give further impetus to the newcomer.

“Let me tell you, being the first is kind of fun,” he said. “Yeah. Have fun. Here’s my advice: Be careful with the battery. You’ll get a lot of batteries thrown at you.”

Nwodim corrected Redd, who had mistakenly assumed that he would be paid more than a professional athlete. “I wish,” she said. “Baseball players today make an average of $4 million a year.”

“Oh, excuse me for a second,” said Redd, who then emitted an initial scream into his baseball glove. He held his breath and said, “Thank you. I’ve been handling this since 1947.”

opening monologue of the week

How long has it been since Jake Gyllenhaal last hosted “Saturday Night Live”? As the actor explained in his opening monologue, he made his only other appearance as an “SNL” host in 2007.

“You know how long ago that was?” He asked. “That was like the first 400 Marvel movies.”

For that previous monologue, Gyllenhaal dressed in drag and performed “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from the musical “Dreamgirls”. He clarified that the same acts probably won’t fly in 2022, but he sang again—this time, a slightly altered version of “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” a Jim Steinman rock opus made popular by Celine Dion.

Weekend Update Jokes of the Week

At the Weekend Update desk, anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che continued to stress Jackson’s confirmation process.

Jost started:

The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson, making her the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. “I’ll drink that,” said Brett Kavanaugh. Justice Jackson was honored Friday at a White House ceremony and said, “We have come a long way toward perfecting our union.” Joe Ben Affleck’s J. Here’s a direct quote from Lou’s proposal. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who wants everyone to cool it off with long-neck jokes, said he believes Supreme Court Justice Jackson would have defended the Nazis. Worse, he meant it as a compliment.

Che continued:

Sen. Mitch McConnell, seen here watching the Oscars in Memoriam package, reportedly said that his vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination was not based on race or gender, but on Ketanji’s refusal to answer his own question. Tha: Can I touch your hair?

Willow Smith’s appearance on “SNL” this weekend — she was joined by musical guest Camila Cabello in one of her performances — didn’t stop Weekend Update from continuing her father Will Smith’s Oscar adventures.

As Jost said:

As punishment for slapping Chris Rock, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years. But is it punishment? He can still be nominated and win an award as well. He can also go to the after party. He just doesn’t have to attend the four-hour ceremony where someone will surely make fun of his wife again. To be honest, I think the real punishment will be for Will Smith hosting next year’s Oscars. Because trust me, nothing will make you question your choices in life more than hosting an awards show (the screen shows an image of Jost and Che hosting the Emmy Awards).

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