SNL mocks NBC over Trump town hall, makes surprise joke about SU alum

 syracuse.com  10/18/2020 11:53:07   Geoff Herbert | gherbert@syracuse.com

Saturday Night Live mocked its own network over NBCs town hall with President Donald Trump and added a surprise joke about a Syracuse University alumnus.

The SNL cold open featured the dueling town halls held Thursday, with Savannah Guthrie (played by Kate McKinnon) questioning Trump (Alec Baldwin) on NBC while George Stephanopoulos (Mikey Day) hosts Joe Biden (Jim Carrey). The skit jabbed both candidates, including Trumps comments on white supremacists and Covid-19 (I had a small fever it was around 100 Celsius) while Carrey channeled Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross to spoof Bidens story-telling at a poorly attended college lecture.

Trump and Biden were originally scheduled to have their second presidential debate Thursday, but Trump backed out when the commission moved to make the debate virtual after the president contracted the coronavirus. ABC moved forward with a town hall featuring Biden and then NBC later scheduled Trump for the same time slot, sparking criticism.

Weekend Update host Michael Che said the conflicting programs shouldnt have been a surprise.

What can we say, we have a type, he said, while putting up a picture of Bill Cosby and Matt Lauer alongside Trump.

The peacock network previously broadcasted The Cosby Show and Trumps The Apprentice while Lauer hosted the Today show for 20 years. All three have been accused of rape and other sexual misconduct by multiple women; Cosby is currently in prison after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home.

Che further criticized President Trump for refusing to condemn QAnon, claiming he knows nothing about the conspiracy theory group.

Come on, how could you not know about QAnon? Che asked. Youre on Twitter all day. Thatd be like if I said I know nothing about Lexington Steele.

Who is Lexington Steele? Che didnt elaborate on the reference, but briefly showed a picture of the Syracuse University alumnus amid some delayed laughter. Steele is a porn star whos appeared in more than 800 adult films like Lex Steele XXX and was named AVN Male Performer of the Year three times, according to IMDb. His mainstream credits include Weeds, Nip/Tuck, Crank: High Voltage and the video game series World of Warcraft.

Steele, whose real name is Clifton Todd Britt Jr., graduated from SU in 1993 with a double degree in history and African-American studies. He worked as a stock broker in New York before getting into the adult entertainment business and today owns production companies Mercenary Motion Pictures and Black Viking Pictures.

Skip to the 3:15 mark to see the joke:

The joke caught many by surprise.

I think this is the first time I heard Lexington mentioned on network TV, one Twitter user reacted.

Lexington Steele?!?!?! this is the best weekend update so far," another wrote.

I cannot believe I lived to see SNL drop a Lexington Steele joke, a third tweeted.

Others were even more surprised by what they found when they did an internet search for Lexington Steele. (Warning: NSFW; results may contain content not suitable for younger audiences.)

Am I the only one who had to look up #LexingtonSteele? Yall nasty lol. #SNL, a Twitter user said.

I had to Google Lexington Steele... damn you, Che. #SNL, another said.

Steele, 50, shared his own reaction.

I appreciate the namedrop. Now THAT was real cool !!! he tweeted with a video clip of the reference.

Other highlights from the SNL episode included host Issa Rae on a first date getting interrupted by ex-boyfriends; fans of a closed Jack Flatts restaurant threatening to kidnap the governor; a Weekend Update segment with Eric, Donald Jr. and Tiffany Trump (Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman); and music performances by Justin Bieber.

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