Comedian John Mulaney used his monologue from Saturday Night Live to urge Americans to take part in the “Competition of Older Men” on November 3.
Mulaney, a former SNL author, returned to host the Saturday Night Live show for the fourth time.
In his monologue in the final episode, which was scheduled to air before Election Day, Mulaney took a moment to remind voters to vote for their “favorite” older man in the election, without naming either President Donald Trump, 74, or his 77-year-old Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.
“Oh, yes, I’m supposed to make an announcement,” Mulaney said after a brief comment on how much he enjoyed following the coronavirus briefings by Andrew Cuomo of the New York government earlier this year.
“A competition for older men will be held on November 3. So there are two older men, and you are supposed to choose your favorite from the two older men,” Mulaney explained.
“You can take it to the post office or write down which older man you like, and then we’ll add them all together and then maybe we’ll have the same older man or a new older man, but rest assured, no matter what happens, not much will change in the United States.
“The rich will continue to prosper while the poor languish, families will be thrown off balance by mental illness and drug addiction. Jane Lynch will continue to book, many projects, and when she does, she will… She’s so good at being on TV.
Mulaney later joked that Americans should “vote as often as they can”.
He said, “They should vote. You have to vote, vote as often as you can… fill in every circle, every dot they have, fill it in, and if a page says ‘this page was left blank on purpose’, write whatever you want. This is your place as an American.”
Mulaney also told viewers that his 94-year-old grandmother participated in this year’s election.
Noting that his opinion might be unpopular, Mulaney joked that in his opinion she should not vote in the 2020 election.
“I don’t think maybe she should vote,” he said. “You know, you can’t vote when you’re 94 years old. You must not order for the table when you’re about to leave the restaurant.”
He continued, “I’m sorry, this joke is ageist. It’s wrong, it’s wrong to say that one age group is better than another … it would be like calling yourself the greatest generation.”
Although he was making jokes at his grandmother’s expense, Mulaney ended his monologue with one that she had addressed to him.
Mulaney said his grandmother told him: “‘You know, I used to be Carolyn Stanton, but now everybody says I’m John Mulaney’s grandmother. Well, I want you to know that if I wasn’t your grandmother, I wouldn’t know who you are.'”.