Hosting the Nov. 10 episode of the NBC late night sketch comedy series, the “Ray Donovan” star pointed out that being funny “has just never really been my thing” and said attempts were mostly relegated to “trying to talk to girls in college.” So rather than try to make too many jokes, he decided to talk about the midterm election.
“Before we ramp up the rhetoric again, can we just revel in the fact that over 100 million people got off their butts and voted?” he said, clapping. “That’s the highest voter turnout for a midterm election in the history of this country.
“So regardless of what side of the aisle you sit on — whether you feel like you won or you lost — what that number says to me is that we showed up. We showed up because we care about our children and we care about our country.”
Schreiber ended his solo time on the “SNL” stage by thanking everyone “from the bottom of my heart” for showing up.
Later in the episode Colin Jost and Michael Che also commented on the midterm election, with Jost kicking off “Weekend Update” by reporting that the Democrats took back the House “like a scorned wife after a divorce.” Although it was a win for the Democrats, and the Republicans won the Senate, Jost pointed out that Donald Trump still controlled a number of other key things from “the judiciary, the military, all media coverage, space, time and our ability to perceive reality.”
Jost also discussed Colorado’s Jared Polis becoming the first “openly gay governor,” which he noted was weird wording because it implies that there are other governors out there people are “pretty sure are [gay] but for now they’re still going to call them ‘confirmed bachelors.'”
Meanwhile Che weighed in on the Texas race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, saying he was pretty sure O’Rourke would run for president because “he’s got everything the liberals love: great speeches, great looks and he loses elections.” He also talked about Democrats saying they could take back the house thanks to the support of white women. “Well, they said suburban women, but we all know suburban means white,” Che said. “If they said ethnic women, no one would be like, ‘Oh the Irish?'”
But Che said his favorite story out of the midterms was Stacey Abrams who was in a runoff for Georgia governor against a white man who was in charge of the election — which he compared to playing basketball against LeBron James if he was also the ref.
Watch Schreiber’s “SNL” monologue below:
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