Matt Damon played angry, beer-obsessive Brett Kavanaugh on SNL

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I honestly forgot that Saturday Night Live came back this weekend. Adam Driver was the host, and they had a lot of material to cover from the summer. My guess is that a lot of that material got thrown out of the window at the last minute as the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing took precedence, and Brett Kavanaugh made such a spectacular ass out of himself. I can’t even imagine how quickly they had to put together their cold open, which featured everyone’s favorite #MeToo Denialist Matt Damon as Kavanaugh:

A few things… you can tell that the SNL writers were worried that they were being too one-sided because of the joke they made about Cory Booker, who did a lot more than just make a face. But the portrait of Kavanaugh as a drunk a–hole and predator… I mean, it’s not satire. This barely qualifies as satire.

Also, Alyssa Milano loved her cardboard cutout:

The Kavanaugh situation was also dealt with on Weekend Update:

Vanity Fair had some interesting analysis on “the SNL factor” within the White House. While Trump has always loathed Alec Baldwin’s portrayal, it’s clear that Trump does care when other people in his orbit are satirized to great effect on SNL. It was said that Trump absolutely hated it when Melissa McCarthy played Sean Spicer, and McCarthy’s portrait was one of the reasons why Spicer is gone now. Trump will probably hate Matt Damon’s Kavanaugh impression, I guess?

Screencap courtesy of SNL.

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  1. ocjulia says:

    Matt was great but I’m wondering if this is part of a Redemptive Restoration tour after all of the mansplaining he tried to do after the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

    • Pandy says:

      I don’t think Matt really understands mansplaining … but he did nail this guy! His makeup was great – right down to that weird lump between his eyebrows that always distracts me.

    • perplexed says:

      I think he’s annoying in general (in the last year or so), but he nailed the impersonation (what with the nose sniffling and all). He probably knew he could do it too, so why not take the part, I guess. I laughed when I saw it because it was so eerily similar to the real thing. He is a good actor in the same way Alec Baldwin is. Baldwin is a weirdo but his Trump impersonation works. Then again, the content in these cases writes itself. The SNL writers don’t even have to do the work — must be great to come in on a Saturday morning and know that you can get everything done in 15 minutes since the material is already there in the news for you to use.

  2. Maya says:

    Well Matt Damon, white male privileged actor, was the perfect choice to play another white privileged male.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    I was good and scarily accurate – Damon nailed it as Kav, he kinda looked like him with that hair. He struggled at times to keep it together. But yeah they could have gotten another actor who is not so problematic to do it.

    I always love Kate as RBG.

    If Trump was upset then I con only imagine how upset Baby Brett was?

    • Esmom says:

      I though Damon was a bit uneven but mostly good. I agree they should have had someone else do it, I wonder how they ended up with him.

      I liked how the writers doubled down on Kavanaugh’s craziest moments, including his ridiculous calendar.

      I gotta believe Brett is seething, just seething. Not just from SNL but from the delay. He believes he is owed this seat and owed it NOW. I feel like there’s a tiny chance he might withdraw in humiliation as more evidence against him surely comes out this week, as much as his GOP buddies would like to stymie that.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I have some tiny hope that the vote goes against him as I don’t think he will withdraw, no matter what turns up. GOP will do its best to bury anything damaging but they are forgetting that he lied under oath at both hearings, which can and am sure will be used against him.

        As I said in another thread if they confirm him he won’t last long on the bench as they have enough to impeach him once and if the Dems take the houses.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I LOVED this opening, and thought the whole time that *some* heads are just going to explode! And yes, that gave me a spark of glee in this dismal week. And John Oliver devoted his whole show to this ver thing last night, and he was on FIRE! Lol.

        I don’t hold out hope that KavaNOPE will withdraw; WAY too much ego and entitlement. But what I don’t understand is why the RepubliTHUGS want HIM so desperately, unless it’s ONLY because he’s said he won’t indict Dump. surely even Pence will let them to continue their pillaging, plundering, and rape of America?

        Very sad political cartoon was on my Twitter feed yesterday from Halifax, Nova Scotia’s The Chronicle paper. It made me cry: https://goo.gl/images/mxRxVv

        One more thing: There is already PROOF out there that KavaNO! Has lied under oath… WHY has no one brougt it up in Chambers or on the Floor???

      • Sansa says:

        The producer went out with Matt Damon’s BFF and mutually helped each other I’m guessing. Lindsey got A+ to play Kavanagh. Matt Dameon looks a little better. Win Win .

      • Lady D says:

        Looking at that cartoon hurt.

      • Bella Bella says:

        @Jan90067 If you check out dailykos.com there’s a really good article there about why they wanted Kavanaugh in particular. Appears he’s been groomed for quite a while for this very purpose.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Thank you, Bella. I’ll check it out. It’d heard about his grooming, but this is insanity.

    • AnneC says:

      “I’m a keg half full kind of guy”. Kate McKinnon’s Lindsey Graham was also amazing and hilarious.

  4. Erinn says:

    Oh my god. Why couldn’t he have kept his mouth shut and ONLY done this. Because he really nailed it.

  5. Rapunzel says:

    I’m not a Damon fan, but good choice here. I thought the Booker joke was lame, but the “female assistant” stuff was right on.

  6. Jenns says:

    His impression was fine.

    However, I just don’t find anything about this situation funny at all. It just felt weird to me to poke fun at it when so much is on the line.

    • Esmom says:

      I hear you and I have been beside myself with fear and worry but I laughed at this, if only to keep from sobbing 24/7. And if it makes Kavanaugh himself uncomfortable, all the better.

    • aang says:

      Yep. I didn’t really laugh. It was more of a reenactment than a spoof. It was so crazy in reality that it is hard to make it funny instead of terrifying.

      • B n A fn says:

        I have to admit, I laughed out loud. I watched the entire show. The update portion was so true. We have to give ourselves a break and laugh 😂 sometimes.
        What is crazy is the Dotard and Lindsey G Are trying to rig the new investigations. They are setting limits as to who to talk to and what to ask. The fix is in. We have to be alert to what the compulsive liar and his side kick are cooking up to put this alcoholic liar in the highest court in the land especially with his biases, ie Clintons and democratic partic.

    • Mego says:

      I struggled with that but as they went for straight on ridicule of Kavanaugh I am ok with it.

    • tealily says:

      I found it kind of comforting to see someone on a platform with a huge audience point out all the same ridiculous sh-t about this guys’s testimony that my friends and I have been messaging back and forth to each other for the past few days.

  7. Frida_K says:

    Eh. I’m not impressed by Matt Damon, plus when you throw in Kanye West, AND there’s an insulting Cory Booker aspect…? It’s not funny when you add it all up; actually, it’s a little closer to home and a lot sadder than it looks on the surface.

  8. Becks1 says:

    He nailed Kavanaugh. It shouldn’t be surprising – Matt Damon is one of those entitled white males who doesn’t THINK he’s an entitled white male (similar to Kavanaugh) but his portrayal was dead on. Kate MacKinnon was also great as Lindsey graham. I was annoyed they made fun of Booker just because his questioning of Kavanaugh was really really good.

  9. grabbyhands says:

    It would have funnier if they hadn’t deliberately picked Kanye West to be their musical guest to replace Ariana Grande knowing damn well that he would be likely to go off on a rant because of the support he has for 45. Not to mention, these are the same people who had 45 on to host long after everyone knew how horrible he was. They want to play both sides and it isn’t funny or cutting edge.

  10. Beth says:

    Trump and his administration have been a gold mine to late night comedy. I’m not a Damon fan, but his Kavanaugh role was excellent

  11. Darla says:

    I knew they would do this and I was hoping for Melissa again. She could have done this! She would have been amazing.

    But Damon was good. I HATE that they always add in some stuff that makes no sense to “both sides” their skits. That’s not Corey Booker at all. It wasn’t funny because there isn’t even a grain of truth in it.

  12. Michael says:

    Yawn

  13. Betsy says:

    WHAT!?!?

    Died.

  14. Jen says:

    Nope. So disrespectful having Weinstein apologist and Casey-Affleck supporter up there. SNL, you blew it.

    • FF says:

      Yeah, I couldn’t get past that either – accurate impression or not.

      I kind of wish Matt Damon would legitimately retire from the public eye for a few years or forever – go produce, direct, or something specifically off-camera.

      I am absolutely tired of him turning up in uncredited parts in films I’m watching. (If I want to see him in a movie I’ll pick something he’s stated to be in.) It’s not only offputting, it throws me right out of the film.

      He’s just doing this to stay public eye adjacent and stay relevant, and it’s obviously calculated, and therefore does the exact opposite he intends: I’m now starting to find him creepy (creepier, tbh), rather than being finessed into liking him again.

    • truth says:

      Exactly.
      Matt Damon is the last person who should mock someone accused of sexual assault..
      I have two names for him : Harvey Weinstein and Casey Affleck.

  15. Mego says:

    He did a great job imo. I have a soft spot for Matt so I am biased but I would like to think he is the kind of person who will learn from the mansplaining debacle.

    I appreciated that Christine Blasey Ford was not featured because there was absolutely nothing to satirize about her or her compelling testimony – she is as sincere and honest as the day is long. The entire point of the cold open was to ridicule Kavanaugh and highlight how he is, at the very least, tempermentally unfit to serve on the supreme court.

    • Natalia says:

      I’m a big Matt Damon fan too and I agree, I hope he’s learned (or IS learning) from the mansplaining. That was very disappointing (in addition to hearing about what happened to the black woman who outed him and Affleck with respect to their organization).

  16. Case says:

    I thought it was hilarious. I have issues with Damon, but this sketch made me laugh hysterically, probably because I really, really needed a laugh. SNL keeps me sane and was sorely missed over the summer.

  17. Amelie says:

    I have to say Matt was pretty good and I just couldn’t hold it together when he kept chugging large amounts of water. I didn’t watch Dr. Ford’s testimony (I was just too nervous for her to tune in) but I watched Kavanaugh’s and the first thing that struck me was how many water glasses of water he downed. To me he used it as a mechanism to detract away from questions he didn’t want to answer. Also towards the end I was laughing a lot because Matt could barely hold it together. Aidy Bryant as Rachel Mitchell was great and they also featured Rachel Dratch too.

    I haven’t watched any of the Kanye videos and probably won’t… I’ve seen enough of his rants to know they aren’t worth my time.

  18. Insomniac says:

    Never liked Matt Damon, but that cracked me up. If I don’t laugh at least a little after last week, I’m going to fall apart.

  19. detritus says:

    Hey look ladies, there’s a bigger problem, just forget all about my rape apologia and racism, my mansplaing and gone deaf need to insert my opinion on everything because I’m making fun of one of the devil’s fuckbois.

    Fack you Matty. Say something substantive about your own shit or sit the f down. You are part of why Kavanaugh exists, your words are part of why Dr Ford is being disbelieved. So f@ck you and the Affleck you rode in on.

  20. Tw says:

    I lol’d at the Kennedy bit on beer. “This boy checks out!”

  21. Wood Dragon says:

    Matt has popped up for live stuff in NY before: 30 Rock had a live episode that he appeared in .

  22. laura-j says:

    For good satire on the situation, check out John Oliver this week. He actually made me laugh even though I’m so upset by the whole thing.

  23. truth says:

    I like some of Matt Damon’s political direction (i loved he narrated for the marvelous Inside Job documentary) but his attitude and enabling about his pals Harvey Weinstein and Casey Affleck and now he wants to mock someone accused of sexual assault..come on..hypocrisy at its worst !

  24. phlyfiremama says:

    Well Damon does have 4 daughters that might be impacted by Possum face Kavanaugh so he BETTER damn well step up and fight for them~especially given that not even fame insulates you from assault and abuse, as has become abundantly clear with all of the celebrities coming forward with assault stories. THAT being said, I DIED when he said “I’m a keg is half full kind of guy”. LOL

    • truth says:

      Nah he should shut up on this subject, given his OWN history : enabling people like Weintein and Casey Affleck !!!

  25. Ellis says:

    I guess it was ok for his buds to help him dust off the mansplaining backlash in this roll since, like, “there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” (And Kavanaught didn’t do the latter two, so he only molested a “little”.) ” I mean, both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” I’m still confused Matt/Brett. Is it pats on the butt that are being conflated with rape/child molestation, or child molestation is being conflated with rape, or rape with….never mind. And which two need to be eradicated while the 3rd can continue? No Hollywood, just no.