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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Saturday Night Live
Cold Open

Video: SNL Cold Open Puts Baldwin On Fox & Friends, With Egg McMuffin

If you’ve never watched Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite cable news program — or  especially if you have suffered that misfortune — then Saturday Night Live has a treat for you. This week’s SNL cold open severely spoofs Steve Doocy (Alex Moffat), Ainsley Earhardt (Heidi Gardner), and Brian Kilmeade (Beck Bennett), the trio of Trump […]

February 4, 2018
cold open

Saturday Night Live: In Cold Open, The Return Of Will Ferrell As Dubya

You know things are out-of-control awful and weird in Washington when you think wistfully of the Bush years from time to time. You can shake it off and recall the horrors of life with George W. Bush and his twisted vice president Dick Cheney, but there is something still more ominous about Trump and Pence. […]

January 28, 2018
cold open

SNL Cold Open: White House Oversells That Dubious Presidential Physical

On Saturday Night Live’s cold open, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) sets a certain fabulous tone at the press podium when she claims that a million women showed up in the streets to “celebrate the president’s first kick-ass year in office…We did it, girls!” Even so, none of the goggling reporters is ready for what […]

January 21, 2018
Oprah

#EndorseThis: Will Oprah Run? She Has One Great Reason To Do It

Worried by the prospect that Oprah Winfrey might run for president? Or does a possible Oprah candidacy thrill you? Would she inflict the ultimate revenge on Trump? Or would she inflict herself on a country that is already suffering from a “celebrity” presidency? These are vexing questions. But answering all of them and more is […]

January 15, 2018
Bill Murray

SNL Cold Open: Bill Murray IS Steve Bannon On ‘Morning Joe’

It’s morning on Saturday Night Live, and that means Morning Joe, hosted by those cooing lovebirds Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) and Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon), along with their revolted sidekick Willie Geist (Mikey Day). The guest is of course author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen), played with appropriate asperity as he reveals the White House secrets […]

January 14, 2018
SNL

#EndorseThis: On SNL, Santa’s Tricky Moment With Savvy Kids

When the great Kenan Thompson put on his Santa Claus suit to hear Christmas wishes from children, he didn’t expect the unseasonal and uneasy questions they’d pose about the most troubling recent news events. These kids want to know about Franken, Moore, and Trump — and even Matt Lauer’s “toys.” And they’ve drawn an unwholesome […]

December 11, 2017
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live: Flynn In Clanking Chains Haunt Ebenezer Trump

His greedy tax “reform” would delight Scrooge. His former associates, indicted or facing prosecution by the special counsel, haunt his dreams. His character is a Charles Dickens villain in the Oval Office. Yes, he’s Ebenezer Trump, starring in the Saturday Night Live version of A Christmas Carol. This week’s cold open brings back Alec Baldwin, […]

December 3, 2017
Franken

#EndorseThis: Weekend Update Singes Franken — And Roasts Sessions

You may click to see how Al Franken’s friends at Saturday Night Live deal with the Senator and SNL alum — none too gently, but just right. The Weekend Update duo appears to understand that what the Minnesota Democrat did was obnoxious and sophomoric, yet far from the atrocious alleged assaults on teenage girls by […]

November 20, 2017
Kellyanne

#EndorseThis: Kellywise The Clown, Almost As Chilling As Kellyanne

Have you always considered Kellyanne Conway a bit…frightening? She hasn’t been quite so visibly lately, but the Saturday Night Live crew found her last weekend, lurking in the sewers as a clown called “Kellywise” (Kate McKinnon). Her political rap is the same as ever, but with her “alternative facts” taken to a new level of […]

October 16, 2017
SNL

SNL Cold Open: Baldwin Is Back, Ripping Eminem, Corker And Tillerson

Alec Baldwin returns as Donald Trump, appearing at a rally in “Harass-burg” to pour bile on Senator Bob Corker (“a midget”), Rex Tillerson (“a dummy”) and rapper Eminem, who “rapped some very nasty things about me, and very soon I’m going to release a response rap on the White Entertainment Network, HGT.”  He threatens to […]

October 15, 2017
Alec Baldwin

SNL: Alec Baldwin Reveals Our Clown President’s Crisis Management Plan

In yet another moment of crisis, Alec Baldwin returns to Saturday Night Live as the president whose incompetence and laziness — ordinarily a sort of blessing — has become a terrible curse on the suffering people of Puerto Rico. So learns San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz (Melissa Villaseñor) when she places a desperate call […]

October 1, 2017
Kaepernick

#EndorseThis: SNL’s Pete Davidson Explains Why “The NFL Isn’t Really Screwing” Colin Kaepernick

Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson appeared on the standalone summer edition of Weekend Update to monologize about the controversy surrounding unsigned free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to kneel for the national anthem.

August 28, 2017
Hader

#EndorseThis: Bill Hader Returns To SNL As ‘The Mooch’

Weekend Update, the Saturday Night Live tentpole, returned from hiatus on Thursday for its Summer Edition. Co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che caught up on some of the highest profile political stories from the past two-or-so months — namely, “minor staffing changes” at the White House that saw the premature departures of Reince Priebus, Sean […]

August 11, 2017
Spicey

Behind The Scenes As Melissa McCarthy’s Spicey Takes Manhattan

Melissa McCarthy’s dramatic portrait of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, on a quest to find President Trump, was a highlight of SNL’s latest episode — and the outtakes from the Manhattan Spicey shoot may be even funnier than what was aired.

May 18, 2017
McCarthy-Baldwin-SNL

Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin Return To SNL [VIDEO]

When Sarah Huckabee Sanders shows up unexpectedly on the White House press podium, the Saturday Night Live press corps feels a sudden twinge of hope. But Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) is lurking in the bushes outside, and swiftly barges in, wielding a fire extinguisher to reassert control.

May 14, 2017
Saturday Night Live

Happy Easter! Baldwin, McCarthy Return To Saturday Night Live [VIDEO]

In the Saturday Night Live cold open, Trump (Baldwin) complains about the dictator of North Korea. “He’s a war monger, he’s quick to anger, he’s a huge narcissist, he’s got a stupid little haircut, why would they let a man like that run an entire country?” Then he gets down to real business, the simmering feud between the spectral, demonic Bannon (Mikey Day) and Jared Kushner, played with aplomb by guest host Jimmy Fallon in a blazer and flak jacket.

“Jared, you’re such an inspiration,” the president gushes. “You showed everybody that if you were born rich and marry my daughter, you can do whatever you want.”

April 16, 2017
Trump O'Reilly

#EndorseThis: Trump Backs O’Reilly In Sex Harassment Crisis (And Both Are Baldwin)

The absurdity of this political era — when Donald Trump leaped to defend Bill O’Reilly over renewed scrutiny of the Fox News host’s mistreatment of women — brought them together in a moment made for Alec Baldwin and Saturday Night Live’s writers.

April 10, 2017
SNL Cold open

SNL Cold Open: How Would Trump Handle An Actual Alien Invasion?

An aggressive species from the planet Zorblat Nine, armed with invisible ships and advanced weapons, has already taken over most of the country — and as Trump (Alec Baldwin) addresses a ragtag remnant of American soldiers, his shortcomings swiftly become all too obvious. Informed by an Army officer that the aliens have vaporized the state of California already, he brightens: “Does that mean I won the popular vote?”

March 12, 2017
SNL featuring McCarthy, McKinnon, Baldwin

Melissa McCarthy Returns To SNL As ‘Spicy,’ Plus McKinnon As Sessions (And Baldwin Hosts!)

The February 12 edition marked Alec Baldwin’s record-breaking 17th appearance as SNL guest host. The actor showed up for the monologue as himself, although his Emmy-worthy portrayal of Trump does grace a later sketch, as the president attempts to defend his travel ban on The People’s Court (with a cameo by Beck Bennett as his “character witness” Putin).

It is frankly hard to get enough of Melissa McCarthy’s “Spicy,” the press secretary who performs a manic review of week three’s unfolding troubles, from the travel ban imposed on seven Muslim majority countries to Nordstrom’s rejection of the Ivanka fashion line.

February 12, 2017
Melissa McCarthy Kills as Sean Spicer

SNL: Melissa McCarthy Lampoon Of Sean Spicer Absolutely Kills

Melissa McCarthy’s dim, pugnacious, emotionally unstable screen persona engages the Spicer mode perfectly from the moment “he” steps to the podium to inform the stunned White House press corps that the briefing would begin with “an apology — from you to me” — which of course he doesn’t accept.

February 5, 2017
SNL Cold Open Starring Vladimir Putin

#EndorseThis: A Friendly Message From Putin In SNL Cold Open

“Relax, I got this,” smirks Vladimir Putin in SNL’s cold open, directly addressing the troubled American majority. “Putti is going to make everything OK. I promise that we will take care of America. It’s the most expensive thing we ever bought.”

January 23, 2017
Alec Baldwin in SNL Trump cold open

Missed Last Night’s SNL? You’re In For A Stream Of Comedy Gold

Following his promises of “golden opportunities,” Alec Baldwin quickly moved on to reprise Trump’s press conference tantrums over Obamacare and CNN, as well as his ludicrous scheme to hand control of his business affairs over to his sons, “Beavis and Butthead.”

January 15, 2017
Kenan Thompson and Chance The Rapper in Jingle Barack

#EndorseThis: SNL’s Proud, Poignant Rap Tribute ‘Jingle Barack’

“Been drinking eggnog like I don’t care, I’m gonna hurt myself before we lose Obamacare,” raps Chance in this takeoff on the Run-DMC classic Christmas in Hollis (Queens). And when Santa Claus appears in a #MAGA cap, paterfamilias Darryl McDaniel of the original Run-DMC sternly warns: “Never trust a white dude wearing no red hat.”

December 19, 2016
SNL Cold Open featuring Trump and Santa Putin

SNL Cold Open: An Oily Christmas With Trump, Putin, And Tillerson

When Trump hears a sound from the chimney, he cries “Is it a ghost? I’m being Scrooged!” But down comes a special friend, without a shirt but bearing a faddish Christmas gift: It’s Vladimir Putin, live from New York on SNL.

December 18, 2016
SNL cold open at Bedminster with Trump and Kellyanne

SNL: When Baldwin’s Trump Asks Who Loves His Cabinet, Answer Deflates Him

Last night on SNL, “Trump” greeted “Kellyanne” in his New Jersey golf club office by asking whether the country “loves” his appointments so far.

November 20, 2016