Weekend smash: SNL bashes government shutdown

In a skit parodying the movie "Gravity," two astronauts floated hopelessly in space call into the NASA base for help. The scene cuts into an empty control room, where a janitor named Carl innocently walks in, hears the astronauts begging for help, and responds.

"Mission control we are at 4 percent oxygen and dropping, please advise," one astronaut says in a panic.

"Mission control is not here right now, but can I take a message?" the janitor replied.

The astronaut, in a rage, asked the janitor to clarify his statement.

"Well this is awkward, but government has shut down," the janitor said. "It turns out, I'm the only essential employee in the place.

"But I could have told you that months ago."