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Thursday, August 17, 2017
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SNL Season Finale

In SNL Season Finale, Trump And His Entourage Croon ‘Hallelujah’

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).

May 21, 2017
SNL

#EndorseThis: SNL Cold Open With Lovebirds Joe And Mika (And ‘John Miller’)

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.

May 8, 2017
Spicer, Press Secretary, Media

A ‘Spicy’ Memoir: How To Lie With A Straight Face

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.

February 15, 2017
Trump TV Ratings

Trump’s TV Star Fades: He’s No Longer A Ratings Magnet

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.

February 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
Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway Throws Gutter Ball, Massacres Facts

Take the bogus Bowling Green massacre story, with the underlying wailing about how the evil, evil press didn’t report that Obama banned Muslims from Iraq afterward. The horrifying question: Is Conway just a liar, or is she so uninformed that she doesn’t know everything she said was untrue?

February 7, 2017
Trump, Allies

Trumped Up: The First Seven Days In Trumplandia

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.

January 28, 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
Trump, Intelligence Briefings

19 Things Trump Would Rather Do Than Attend Intelligence Briefings

A comprehensive list of the things that President-elect Donald Trump would rather do than attend the daily top-secret intelligence briefings.

December 18, 2016
Trump "thank you" tour

15 Things Trump Apparently Does—And Does Not—Have Time For

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.

December 16, 2016
On SNL. Kate McKinnon explains Trump's choice for DEA chief

SNL Cold Open: The Perfect Choice For Trump DEA Chief

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.

December 11, 2016
Fake news has real consequences

Fake News Will Have Real Consequences

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.

November 26, 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
Sean Hannity

5 Fresh Right-Wing Outrages: Trump Surrogates Reach Hysterical New Heights

Ted Cruz threatens the Constitution, Sean Hannity goes crazy over emails, and Trump surrogates reach hysterical new heights justifying sexual assault.

October 30, 2016
SNL Donald Trump promo Sasheer Zamata and Cecily Strong

The Donald Has Arrived… To Promote ‘SNL’

Donald Trump has arrived to make fun of his persona and hair — but not his racist comments, judging from the promos NBC released Wednesday.

November 4, 2015

Protests Mount Over Donald Trump Hosting ‘SNL’ Next Month

“We are appalled that you would enable Trump’s hateful speech for nothing (more) than a ratings ploy.”

October 27, 2015

Trump On ‘SNL’? Race Is Already A Joke

He’s having the time of his life, getting even with the media snobs who laughed at him for so long while legions of people he considers losers rush to join his bandwagon. The joke is on America.

October 22, 2015

Kate McKinnon’s Three-Step Program For Strange Souls

“I found I could speak louder and was more comfortable if I was doing it in someone else’s crazy voice.”

May 14, 2015

Strong Looks Sharp At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Whatever Cecily Strong was going to say about President Barack Obama at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, there was no way it would sting as much as what he inadvertently said about her.

April 27, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Live From New York’

Celebrate ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ 40th birthday with the best book on the beloved comedy.

February 14, 2015

Al Franken Takes Senate Job Seriously (He’s Still Funny In Private)

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WILLMAR, Minn. — It must be said at this point: Sen. Al Franken is just dull. How dull is he? He says the most memorable conversation he’s had as a senator — “hilarious” even — was a wonkish discussion with former President Bill Clinton about how to finance […]

September 4, 2014

Don Pardo, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer, Dies At 96

By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but Pardo reportedly broke a hip last year. […]

August 19, 2014

Leslie Jones’ ‘Weekend Update’ Jokes Stir Controversy

By Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune It took four long months for a black woman to really plant her flag on Saturday Night Live, but it was well worth the wait. Saturday’s episode of SNL featured an appearance by Leslie Jones, a new addition to the writing staff, in a “Weekend Update” segment designed to test […]

May 5, 2014