Bowen Yang Belts Out George Santos Ballad in ‘SNL’ Cold Open

Bowen Yang channels George Santos in this week's 'Saturday Night Live' cold open, performing a parody of 'Candle in the Wind.'


Bowen Yang's Impersonation

In the latest episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' Bowen Yang showcased his impersonation skills by parodying George Santos, a disgraced congressman. The cold open featured Yang singing a parody of 'Candle in the Wind' as Santos.

Yang humorously adapted the lyrics to reflect Santos' scandalous actions and portrayed him as an untrustworthy figure. The performance included a reference to a viral video in which Santos was seen carrying a fake baby in the halls of Congress.

The sketch began with Yang's Santos addressing the media about his expulsion from Congress. He mentioned facing bullying and attributed it to his identity as a proud, gay thief. Yang highlighted the hypocrisy of America's reaction to a Latina queen like him winning.

Singing in the Style of Elton John

After the press conference, Bowen Yang sat down at a piano and delivered a heartfelt performance in the style of Elton John. He lamented his time in Congress and expressed his resilience in the face of adversity.

The lyrics cleverly incorporated references to the scandal surrounding Santos, emphasizing his dishonesty and questionable actions. Yang's performance brought humor and entertainment to the 'Saturday Night Live' episode, setting the tone for the rest of the show.

The episode, hosted by Emma Stone with musical guest Noah Kahan, started with Yang's musical number. Stone was also welcomed into the 'SNL' Five-Timers Club during her monologue by Tina Fey and Candice Bergen.

Background on George Santos

Bowen Yang recently portrayed George Santos during Weekend Update on 'Saturday Night Live.' Santos, an ex-congressman, had been embroiled in controversy after a House Ethics Committee report revealed his misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses.

The report found that Santos had spent tens of thousands of dollars on designer clothes and shoes, Botox, OnlyFans, personal trips, and even casino roulette tables. The investigation uncovered unreported campaign expenses amounting to over $40,000.

This season of 'Saturday Night Live' has featured various celebrity hosts and musical guests, including Jason Momoa, Pete Davidson, Nate Bargatze, Timothée Chalamet, and Bad Bunny, who pulled double duty as both host and performer. The show has also seen numerous A-list celebrity cameos.