SNL takes aim at Petraeus
With the election behind us, NBC‘s “SNL“ found the perfect new shiny object in David Petraeus’s sex scandal, making it the main focus of this week’s episode.
Considering that the scandal is drowning out all other news, it’s no wonder it was featured so prominently on “Saturday Night Live.” The story appeared in the cold open, a skit of CNN‘s ”The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer“ and Weekend Update with Seth Meyers.
The cold open featured a fake C-SPAN broadcast of biographer Paula Broadwell, played by Cecily Strong, reading segments from her book about Petraeus. Each of these segments was NSFS, as she described sexual interactions between herself and the former CIA director. The risqué nature of these book passages caused members of the audience to leave and C-SPAN to cut to highlights of President Obama’s recent press conference.
The sketch of Wolf Blitzer, played by Jason Sudeikis, makes fun of his CNN show, as the anchor struggles to report on Jill Kelley while only having one video clip, one photo and one dramatic reenactment of the video clip. Blitzer’s coverage is also hindered by a first-time on-the-scene reporter and a self-proclaimed mayor of Tampa.
The funniest part of SNL‘s Petraeus coverage was reserved for Meyers, however. In his Weekend Update, he ran through a list of spot-on winners and losers. One of the winners is the next biographer for Petraeus, with Meyers comparing the Broadwell biography to “reading Batman right up until his parents were killed.” Another winner is General John Allen, who may have to leave his job — in Afghanistan. “Well played,” Meyers said before implying that getting out of Afghanistan is a goal that would cause other soldiers to send Kelley inappropriate emails.
One of Meyers’ best losers was people trying to have affairs in our technology-driven world. “It’s official: you can’t get away with it,” he said. “The head of the CIA couldn’t get away with it.” The audience responded to Meyers’ joke with loud laughter, hoots and clapping.
As the last loser of his segment, Meyers took a cheap shot at the state of Florida.
“Of course you’re involved, Florida,” he said. “Of course you are. Anytime there’s a news story about someone’s sordid behavior or bad judgment, it’s just a matter of time before your name comes up.”