“Saturday Night Live” roasted Senator Ted Cruz in his cold opening Saturday, mocking the Texas Republican social media’s beef with Big Bird over the COVID-19 shot of the Sesame Street character.
Aidy Bryant repeated her portrayal of the senator, who opened an entrance community called “Cruz Street” – “where children are safe from the awakened government.”
“When Big Bird said he was vaccinated against this deadly disease, I said ‘Damn No,'” Bryant said, “and I created my own Sesame Street called Cruz Street.”
“As you know, I was teased for attacking Big Bird on Twitter, simply because I’m a human senator and he’s an eight-foot fictional bird,” she remarked.
The sketch comes a week after Big Bird’s official Twitter account posted on November 6th that the character had received his vaccination, which drew contempt from Cruz.
“I got the vaccine against COVID-19 today!” The Big Bird account posted. “My wing feels a little sore, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.”
The senator answered and Tweet.
“Government propaganda … for your 5-year-old!” he wrote.
In the Sesame Street universe, Big Bird is about 6 years old, which would now make him eligible for the vaccine that was recently approved for children ages 5 to 11 years old.
A sick-looking Big Bird, played by Kyle Mooney, joined Bryant on stage, and sarcastically suggested that perhaps the COVID-19 vaccine had given him the virus.
Pete Davidson portrayed Cruz Street’s “medical expert,” comedian Joe Rogan, mocking the controversy over his alternative treatments to coronavirus, which includes the horse vermin Ivermectin.
“I used to host‘ Fear Factor ’and now doctors scare me,” joked Davidson wearing a bald cap.
Davidson also attacked Rogan because he recently said he is capable of felating himself: “Today’s two sponsors are the letters ‘S’ and ‘D’, as in I can S my own D,” he said.
Cast Cecily Strong appeared as armed Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Green in the sketch, which said “Cruz Street” aired on the fictional Newsmax Kids TV station.
SNL’s Saturday episode was hosted by “Lovecraft Country” actor Jonathan Majors, who also appears as “He Who Remains” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.