With a wealth of material to work with, Saturday Night Live took a biographical look at “The Adventures of Young Ben Carson,” on an evening that began on a somber note after a tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.
Cast-member Jay Pharoah played Carson in Detroit, 1968, who in a purportedly in a perpetual “white hot rage” despite his sleepy demeanor.
“I am hot with rage, and right now I’m about to go off. I feel like I might have to cut you,” threatened Carson, with Phaorah mimicking perfectly Carson’s oddly robotic speech patterns while appearing to be half-asleep.
Thwarted by belt buckles (“Aw, man! Blocked by a belt buckle! This happens all the time”) — even when he attempts to hit his mother in the head with a hammer — Carson is saved by “Black Jesus” who becomes his best friend, despite his “savior” thinking he’s a bit crazy due to his odd views on evolution and whether the ancient Egyptians stored grain in their pyramids.
Watch the video below from NBC: