Well isn’t that special? Dana Carvey revived his beloved Church Lady character to mock Met Ball attendees and “Church Chat” with Ted Cruz and Donald Trump on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live.
“It’s interesting times in America, right? And now we’ve landed on the exciting presidential matchup between a godless liberal Democrat, and Hillary Clinton,” said the Church Lady, a Carvey favorite during the expert impressionist’s SNL run from 1986 to 1993.
After some light teasing of Madonna and a few “Too soon?” jokes about Beyoncé’s Lemonade, the Church Lady turned her attention to “Satan” himself, Ted Cruz. Given the candidate’s exit from the Republican presidential race, this cold open sketch may mark Taran Killam’s final SNL appearance as Cruz/”Lucifer in the flesh.”
“Was it God’s plan for you to be humiliated by an orange mannequin? That’s sort of an odd plan for God to have for you,” the Church Lady told Cruz, who then informed the audience that he’s going to embrace his evil side, a quip that paid off later in the sketch.
However, the centerpiece of Carvey’s SNL return is the Church Lady’s interview with “the tangerine tornado,” Darrell Hammond’s Donald J. Trump, with the two discussing the GOP nominee’s church-going habits and his favorite Bible passages (“2 Genesis, 2 Furious.”)
“Donnie, there are those who say you’re not qualified, and that’s not true. I remember a Celebrity Apprentice episode where Gary Busey didn’t sell enough pancakes and you just said ‘You’re fired,'” the Church Lady told the mogul. “And I just thought right then and there, ‘Give this man the nuclear codes.'”
Carvey, Number 11 on Rolling Stone‘s All 141 SNL Cast Members Ranked list, returned to his Studio 8H roots to promote his upcoming USA series First Impressions.