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Published on November 1, 2020 9:51 PM

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'SNL' final presidential debate sketch is yet again terrible
With nine days to go until the 2020 presidential election, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are making their final pitch to voters. So is "Saturday Night Live."

There is just one more episode of the comedy show to go before Election Day on Nov. 3 — and this week's penultimate cold open parodying the last presidential debate didn't change any minds. It was a wash.

The situation had been looking up. Oct. 17's politics sketch, lampooning the dueling town halls, was a huge leap forward for Season 46's election satire. The writing had edge — and clarity — and Jim Carrey had at last grown accustomed to his role like wearing in a pair of shoes. Unfortunately tonight the blisters came back.

Dead air. Flubbed lines. The physicality of an inflatable man outside of a car dealership. Carrey couldn't get his act together.

"First, how does this mute button work? Do I just haul off and slap him in the mouth?," the actor said. "SNL" has gone loco with the Angry Joe jokes, even though Biden has largely reined in that angst after he threatened to "beat the hell" out of Trump back in 2018. Voters have ...