SNL Beavis and Butt-Head sketch spoofs NewsNation town hall

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — Episode 1861 — Pictured: (l-r) Michael Longfellow and Mikey Day as Dean during the “Beavis and Butt-Head” sketch on Saturday, April 13, 2024 — (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC via Getty Images)

(NewsNation) — NewsNation has hosted several town halls since launching in September 2020, and now “Saturday Night Live” has taken notice.

NBC’s long-running series, in its 49th season, did a skit about a fictional NewsNation town hall on artificial intelligence. But Kenan Thompson, playing an expert being interviewed by Heidi Gardner, can’t concentrate because two of the audience members look like Beavis and Butt-Head.


Ryan Gosling played Beavis, but Gardner lost it immediately when looking at Mikey Day as Butt-Head’s doppelganger. It derailed the sketch for almost 30 seconds, and the actors never quite got it all back together until the skit ended.

As of Sunday morning, it was the most-viewed sketch from the episode on YouTube, edging out Gosling’s monologue.

NewsNation has done several town halls and special reports involving live audiences, especially in the past year. Chris Cuomo visited East Palestine, Ohio after the toxic train derailment, Elizabeth Vargas hosted a town hall with independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Leland Vittert hosted events with then-presidential candidates Vivek Ramaswamy and Mike Pence, and, most recently, Chris Cuomo and Mike Rowe highlighted the vast opportunities available for people who’d prefer to learn a trade than go to college.

But since NewsNation is news for all America, if there ever was a town hall about AI, you never know who may be in the crowd.

You can watch the “SNL” skit below.

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