Rodgers joins Pa­trick in “I, Tonya”par­ody

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Hey Lorne Michaels, were you watch­ing? Aaron Rodgers made a case for his comedic chops —and per­haps a shot at host­ing “Satur­day Night Live” one day — when he showed up in a very on­point “I, Tonya” par­ody with girl­friend Dan­ica Pa­trick dur­ing last week’s ESPYs.

The pre­vi­ously recorded 3-minute trailer for “Me, Dan­ica” spoofed the 2017 biopic about for­mer fig­ure skater Tonya Hard­ing.

Pa­trick, who hosted the awards, played a race car driver ver­sion of her­self that re­sem­bled Hard­ing, com­plete with ob­vi­ous gum chew­ing and mall bangs.

A dweeby Rodgers, wear­ing a crew­neck sweater, fake mus­tache and glasses, showed up as her boyfriend, a take on Hard­ing’s hus­band Jeff Gil­looly — “a real piece of (ex­ple­tive),” as Hard­ing’s mom (played by Pa­trick, in another wig) said.

Al­li­son Jan­ney, who won an Os­car for her role as the pro­fan­ity-spew­ing, hard-nosed mother, LaVona Golden, in­tro­duced the clip.

“Aaron was al­ways telling me to re­lax, re­lax, re­lax,” Pa­trick says as her own mother, drink in hand and oxy­gen tank on the sofa next to her. “Hey mus­tache, I drink a bot­tle of cook­ing sherry for lunch ev­ery day. I’m very re­laxed.”

Pa­trick, who is the first woman to host ESPN’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of sports, dropped plenty of big names dur­ing her mono­logue, but there was no men­tion of Rodgers. Only a shot of him in the au­di­ence (front row, of course) when she first walked on­stage in a sparkly pink dress.

There would be other shots of him through­out the night, but noth­ing of the level of cut­aways to Ni­cole Kid­man when­ever Keith Ur­ban is per­form­ing at an awards show.

Pa­trick came out in the third hour dressed as Daen­erys Tar­garyen from “Game of Thrones,” jok­ing that the bit had been cut due to time. She apol­o­gized to Ka­reem Ab­dul-Jab­bar, shown stand­ing in the au­di­ence, also in full “Game of Thrones” garb.

She then turned to Rodgers, a well-known fan of the HBO se­ries, and said, “Babe, I’m def­i­nitely tak­ing this whole thing, getup thing, home tonight so ...”

The two, who first met at the ESPYs in 2012 and have been dat­ing since Jan­uary, were pho­tographed on the red car­pet be­fore the awards at Mi­crosoft The­ater in Los An­ge­les.

Rodgers posted a photo on In­sta­gram af­ter the cer­e­mony to say how proud he was of Pa­trick.


Green Bay Pack­ers quar­tert­back Aaron Rodgers (left) and girl­friend Dan­ica Pa­trick ar­rive at the ESPY Awards on July 18. Pa­trick hosted the an­nual ESPN awards show.

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