Saturday Night Live opened its first show of the year this weekend with an appearance by everyone’s favorite openly gay, truthfully-challenged freshman congressman. Bowen Yang joined fellow cast members Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, James Austin Johnson, Devon Walker, and Molly Kearney in a Fox Sports post-game parody immediately following Saturday night’s NFC divisional matchup between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.
“When we saw this guy’s resume we had to give him a shot,” Day as Howie Long said, introducing “Santos.” “Heisman Trophy winner, more championships than Tom Brady; please welcome Congressman George Santos!”
As the New York congressman infamous for allegedly fabricating his entire resume ahead of his election in November, Yang poked fun at Santos’s seeming ability to brazenly lie.
“George Santos here reporting live from the Super Bowl,” Yang droned. (The character was not reporting from the Super Bowl.)
“Congrats on an amazing career,” James Austin Johnson as NFL Fox commentator Jimmie Johnson said. “I didn’t even know you played football, but I’m seeing here that you were the first player to lead the league in passing and rushing?”
“That’s correct,” Yang said. “I’m sort of the real Bo Jackson, and I’m proud to be the first African American quarterback to ever dunk a football.”
Yang’s “Santo” went on to fib about dominating in the NY-Philly game and receiving an Oscar from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. When Day pointed out that “Santos’s” state wasn’t accurate, Yang retorted that he definitely didn’t do drag in Brazil.
“Whoever did though was very, very good at it and won many, many pageants,” Yang, as Santos, lied.
Later, Yang returned in full drag as “Kitara Ravache,” the name the real Santos allegedly used when in drag, to deliver her own overblown performance stats and perform a remix of the Fox Football anthem.
Yang returned as Santos on the episode’s “Weekend Update” segment, claiming to be a scientist behind a breakthrough in nuclear fusion. During the skit, “Santos” claimed to take a call from Madonna, that he was the virgin in “Like a Virgin,” that his ancestors told Anne Frank to write her diary, to represent a district in “Long Island, NJ,” and to be “Balloon Boy.”
“I just don’t understand why Republicans won’t condemn you,” SNL’s Colin Jost said. “I mean, they promoted you to two committee assignments.”
“Yeah, of course, they did, Colin,” Yang replied. “I’m a team player and the sport is lies.”