Amy Schumer returned to Saturday Night Live for her second time to host the penultimate episode of this season as she promotes her new film, I Feel Pretty. Schumer rotated through a number of characters throughout the night, but none as both distraught and funny as her mashup of the dystopian hit Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale and the HBO classic Sex and the City. “If you’re not traumatized, you’re not watching TV,” a voiceover on the show chimes.
In the skit, Schumer plays the show’s lead character Offred (played in the actual show by Elisabeth Moss), but it’s immediately clear she’s got a little more pep in her step than the Hulu character as she waits for her fellow handmaids to arrive for a rationed lunch. “As I waited for the girls in downtown Gilead, I was feeling like an uptown Gal-ead, and I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘Are women allowed to do anything anymore?’” Schumer pipes, playing off of Carrie Bradshaw’s illustrious inner monologue.
As her pals arrive they joke about everything from “guy problems” to under-eye bags as a play on some of the Hulu show’s darkest details that make the show a far cry from Sex and the City's feminist heyday. “Under His Eye? What about under my eye? Look at these bags,” Schumer jokes to Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant, before being joined by a one-eyed Ofwarren (played by Kate McKinnon), who could also very well be this spoof’s Samantha?
“It’s a show critics are calling ‘so brutal’ and ‘more uplifting than the news,’” the voiceover says. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll say, ‘Oh my God, this so could be me and my friends. You know, with the way things are going.’”
Watch the full clip in the video above.