Murphy Makes SNL Opener

Rep. Murphy
Rep. Murphy

Pennsylvania’s own Representative Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) made the cold opening skit of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, played by SNL alum Taran Killam.

In the skit, Killam-as-Murphy chaired a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee in the questioning of GM Chief Executive Mary Barra. To open, Kate McGinnon’s Barra gives very much the same speech that Barra herself gave, claiming that she oversaw the “new GM” and that the company was doing everything in its power to make things right along with advertising a new level of transparency.

Murphy then says, “I would first like to ask, wasn’t GM aware of a problem with the Cobalt’s ignition switch back in 2006?”

Thus began the skewering of Barra and her testimony, as she replied, “We’re looking into that.” This becomes her mantra throughout the skit as she fields more questions from Murphy and others represented on the House panel, including Reps. Diana Degette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI).

The back-and-forth continues, with the panel getting increasingly frustrated and Barra doing all she can to evade their questions. At one point, her tactics include attempting to roll her chair from the room, claiming the floor is slanted.

Murphy even cuts her off when she attempts to do the ever-recognizable, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”

“No, no, no, hey!” he counters. “You can’t just say that to stop a testimony.” Eventually, though, Killam’s Murphy gets the last say as he announces a recess and enthusiastically spouts the line himself.

One could probably chalk this up as a win for Murphy, as he’s one of the few and lucky politicians who have appeared in an SNL skit without being the butt of the joke.

4 Responses

  1. The haters are gonna hate because that SNL piece was a great coup for Murphy’s profile, which us growing by leaps and bounds everyday. Good for him, that’s a big hit

  2. Kudos to Rep. Murphy for real investigative work to hold GM and the car safety regulators accountable. With so much annoying partisanship, it’s good to see one lawmaker takes his job seriously.

  3. Hey Sid, next time you throw a punk ass jab, maybe try Spell Check for Dummies.
    Just saying!

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