Rodgers joins Patrick in “I, Tonya”parody
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.