Saturday Night Live opened this week’s episode with one of the most notable moments in the news in recent memory: the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot.
Kenan Thompson, who played Rep. Bennie Thompson, opened the NBC variety show by introducing the crowd to the committee’s ninth and final hearing.
“January 6 was one of the most dramatic and momentous moments in our nation’s history. To fight back, we assembled a team of monotonous nerds to create a PowerPoint presentation,” said Bennie Thompson of Thompson.
He then went on to say that the committee had been investigating the attack for more than a year, but this session would be “a little different”.
“We’re going to wrap up our findings, have a history-making vote, and then and only then do we all get a little treat,” Thompson’s Bennie Thompson said, bringing out pastries.
After that introduction, Rep Liz Cheney, played by Heidi Gardner, took the floor.
“For the past few months, this bipartisan committee has been bringing our case to all Americans,” she said. “Whether you’re a Republican not watching or a Democrat nodding so hard your head falls off, one person is responsible for this rebellion: Donald Trump. And someone will bear the consequences: me.”
Gardner’s Cheney said audiences might be wondering what makes her so tough, and she said she would ask audiences, “Who is your father? Is it Dick Cheney?”
“So yeah, I guess you could say I have a lot of Dick Cheney energy,” she said.
The committee then went through some of its evidence, including video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, played by Chloe Fineman, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, played by Sarah Sherman, in a bunker.
“Hello Door Dash? It’s Chuck Schumer,” Sherman’s Schumer said on the phone from the bunker. “Yes, we still haven’t received our meal order. And I’ve changed our drop-off location due to an unfortunate betrayal, but it should have arrived by now.
The committee then went on to prove that then-President Donald Trump asked a group of people if he lost the election, including a White House caretaker who said he did indeed lose the election.
Trump even asked a dog that was “shaking his dead body back and forth.”
“Donald was keen to stay in power,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, played by Andrew Dismukes. “Whereas real heroes like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were the ones who actually ran this country.
It then immediately cut to Sherman’s Schumer and Fineman’s Pelosi speaking with then-Vice President Mike Pence.
“Let me tell you, if Trump comes here now, I’m going to punch him right in the face,” Fineman’s Pelosi said. “I’m going to jail, but I’ll be happy.”
Thompson’s Bennie Thompson then asked Gardner’s Cheney for final thoughts.
“The fact is Trump planned to declare victory regardless of the results,” she said. “Check out this video of the President the day before the election.”
The video featured James Austin Johnson as Trump on the phone, saying the “votes don’t matter.”
“What is a vote anyway?” he said.
The committee then voted to subpoena Trump. They all voted yes and thought he would actually show up.
“Okay, I can already see that this is a complete zero,” said Bennie Thompson of Thompson. “I would like to thank my colleagues for dedicating their summers, and in some cases their careers, to the service of this committee.”
Then he added it was “a fun country while it lasted”.
After that, it led to the show’s signature line: “Live… from New York! It’s Saturday night!”