John Mulaney Urges Americans To Vote In 'Elderly Man Contest' In SNL Monologue

Comedian John Mulaney used his Saturday Night Live monologue to urge Americans to vote in the "elderly man contest" on November 3.

Mulaney, a former SNL writer, returned to host the show for the fourth time on Saturday night.

In his monologue in the final episode to air before Election Day, Mulaney took a moment to remind voters to cast their ballots for their "favorite" elderly 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 bit about how much he had enjoyed "binge-watching" New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's coronavirus news briefings earlier this year.

"On November 3, there is an elderly man contest. So there's two elderly men, and you're supposed to choose your favorite of the two elderly men," Mulaney explained.

"You can put it in the mail or you can go and write down which elderly man you like and then we'll add them all up, and then we might have the same elderly man, or we might have a new elderly man, but just rest assured, no matter what happens, nothing much will change in the United States.

"The rich will continue to prosper while the poor languish, families will be upended by mental illness and drug addiction. Jane Lynch will continue to book, lots of projects and when she does she'll deliver... She's so good at being on TV."

Mulaney later joked that Americans should "vote as many times as you can."

He said: "You should vote. You got to vote, vote as many times as you can... fill in every circle, every dot they have, fill it in and if a page says 'this page was intentionally left blank,' you write whatever you want. That's your space as an American."

Mulaney also told viewers that his 94-year-old grandmother was voting in this year's election.

Noting that his opinion may be unpopular, Mulaney joked that he doesn't think she should cast a ballot in the 2020 election.

"I don't think maybe she should vote," he said. "You know, you don't get to vote when you're 94 years old. You don't get to order for the table when you're about to leave the restaurant."

He continued: "I'm sorry, that joke is ageist. That is wrong, it is wrong to say one age group is better than another... that would be like calling yourselves the greatest generation."

Despite making jokes at his grandmother's expense, Mulaney ended his monologue with one she had directed at him.

Mulaney said his grandmother told him: "'You know, I used to be Carolyn Stanton, but now everyone 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.'"

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John Mulaney urged Americans to vote for their "favorite" elderly man in the 2020 election. NBC/Saturday Night Live