Alec Baldwin returns to Saturday Night Live as Donald Trump, holding a press conference with the visiting presidents of Baltic nations — and he finds himself so enervated and annoyed that he is honest, for a moment, about himself. With Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and a hilarious opening shot […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In the SNL season finale, the marvelous Kate McKinnon, as Kellyanne Conway, is the first to join Alec Baldwin’s crooning of “Hallelujah,” followed by Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), with a Russian flag on his lapel, the Trump boys (Mikey Day and Alex Moffat), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania (Cecily Strong), and Ivanka (in a special Scarlett Johansson cameo).
In this SNL sketch’s highlight, the Morning Joe duo field a phone call from “John Miller,” a fake identity formerly used by Donald Trump to place gossip items about his own sexual prowess and other fake news, voiced by the great Alec Baldwin.
Imagine if Sean Spicer wrote a memoir about his time as press secretary? Oh, the tales he could tell from inside the White House. In only three weeks, he has certainly compiled enough shocking “insider” material for a surefire bestseller.
President Trump, who spent 2016 chronically boasting about his ability to spike TV news ratings, clearly falls short of the ratings successes Obama posted early in his presidency. As the least popular new president in modern American history, Trump seems to having trouble connecting with the masses.
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.
Authoritarians love walls. That will be his scrawl across America. It will make an enemy of our neighbor, Mexico, but who cares? That may be his foreign policy in a nutshell. We’re living in Donald Trump’s reality now, and the “truth” is what Trump says it is.
“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.”
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.”
Donald Trump has plenty of time to meet with Kanye West, tweet about SNL, go on a victory tour, and produce the “Celebrity Apprentice.” He does not have time to attend intelligence briefings, release his taxes, or hold press conferences.
Onto the SNL set strides the “high school science teacher from New Mexico,” promoted by adviser Steve Bannon, who will serve as Trump’s new chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration: Walter White, meth-brewing anti-hero.
The right wing has led us so far down the rabbit hole of its alt-right alt-reality that we now face the very real prospect of military and policy choices hinged on things “people are saying” or tweets from those who are “too busy” to check facts.