Matt Damon garnered huge laughs by portraying a “drunk” and “emotional” Brett Kavanaugh in a surprise appearance on the 44th season premiere of Saturday Night Live this past weekend.
The 13-minute long cold-open has almost 15 million views on YouTube alone and featured Damon capturing many of the dramatic mannerisms supreme court nominee Kavanaugh displayed during last weeks hearings, including him yelling most of his opening testimony, reverently showing off his calendars from the 80s, incessantly crying, repeatedly talking about lifting weights with his friends and of course, his love of beer.
“Now I’m usually an optimist,” Damon as Kavanaugh said. “I’m usually a keg is half full kind of guy. But what I’ve seen from the monsters on this committee makes me want to puke, and not from beer.”
The show also made a socially-aware choice in choosing not to to have a cast member or another A-list celebrity portray Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor accusing Kavanaugh of attempted rape when she was 15 and he was 17. But, they did feature several of the white, Republican male senators who were clearly in favor of Kavanaugh, like SNL cast member Alex Moffat, who played Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
“Now, we just heard some very moving testimony from Dr. Ford,” Moffat as Sen. Grassley said. “I listened to her and I kept a very open mind and that is why I already voted yes for Kavanaugh before she said a word.”
SNL cast member Kate McKinnon also caused some big laughs playing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), with a grayish blonde beard and caked on makeup to create a wrinkly, double chin.
“You put this man on the supreme court right now,” McKinnon as Graham said, stodgily pointing a finger. “No vote, no discussion, you get this man a robe and let him do whatever the hell he wants right now.”
SNL cast member Aidy Bryant portrayed sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who SNL cast member Beck Bennett as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said they “hired as a human shield” to hide behind. SNL cast member Mikey Day as Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) also referred to her as a “stewardess” and “female assistant.”
“Although everyone will be constantly referring to me as female prosecutor, you can really just call me straight up prosecutor. OK,” Bryant as Mitchell said, to a roaring applause from the live audience.
SNL cast member Cecily Strong played Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who asked Damon as Kavanaugh whether or not there should be an FBI investigation into the sexual assault claims, as a smart commentary on the real Kavanaugh being unable to answer the question clearly during the actual hearing.
“Asked and answered,” Damon as Kavanaugh said. “I wanted a hearing the next day. The next day. You want a real investigation? Just look at my calendars. And you’re going to see that every night I was lifting weights with PJ and Squeak, and Handsy Hank and Gangbang Greg, which you know the liberal media is going to find some way to spin.”
SNL alumn Rachel Dratch also made a surprise appearance as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who asked him if he was a frequent drinker in high school.
“Look, I like beer,” Damon as Kavanagh said. “I like beer. Boys like beer, girls like beer. I like beer. I like beer.”
Damon also depicted Kavanaugh claiming he was a virgin for a long time, when Pete Davidson as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) asked him about some sexual sounding terms from his yearbook.
“I didn’t have sex for many years,” he said. “All I did was drink a lot and not think about having sex at all. I was the proudest, drunkest virgin you’ve ever seen.”
The cold segment ends with Damon as Kavanaugh saying he deserves to be on the supreme court because he “went to Yale,” before shotgunning a beer and saying those titular words that jumpstart the infamous opening credits of the popular sketch-show: “And live from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’”
As usual, SNL mastered the art of parodying politics while also entertaining millions of viewers. Here’s hoping there’s a sketch next week featuring, Damon as Kavanaugh and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump playing beer pong in the oval office.