“Saturday Night Live” returned for its 42nd season last night and, along with the presidential election, lampooned another ongoing event: the New York Film Festival. Aidy Bryant plays the moderator of an actress roundtable on the topic of “Women in Hollywood — and Hollywood in Women,” with recent Emmy winner Kate McKinnon as a fictional star of yesteryear named Debette Goldry, host Margot Robbie as Keira Knightley, Cecily Strong as Marion Cotillard and Sasheer Zamata as Lupita Nyong’o.
To the surprise of few, McKinnon steals the show — as her colleagues bemoan being asked who they’re wearing and the paucity of significant roles for women, she invokes Judy Garland by saying how “everyone gives you drugs to wake you up, drugs to put you to sleep” before recounting several other experiences MGM execs subjected her to. (Along with most in attendance, Robbie cracks up frequently.)
Other topics of discussion: the gap in pay between male and female performers, women writers (“you’d have to teach them how to read,” McKinnon scoffs) and brooches. Watch the full skit below.