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February 9, 2020

Saturday Night Live took on the Democratic presidential primary in the show's latest cold open.

In a spoof of Friday's primary debate in New Hampshire, Saturday's episode saw Pete Davidson's Tom Steyer, Rachel Dratch's Amy Klobuchar, Larry David's Bernie Sanders, Jason Sudeikis' Joe Biden, Kate McKinnon's Elizabeth Warren, Colin Jost's Pete Buttigieg, and Bowen Yang's Andrew Yang take the stage, where high jinks ensued.

Dratch's Klobuchar couldn't figure out why she isn't winning the election, Sudeikis' Biden couldn't remember what South Carolina was called, David's Sanders advocated for an app-free primary, and Davidson's Steyer was just happy to be there and make friends. Meanwhile, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (played by Fred Armisen) loomed over all of it with his sponsorship of the debate. Watch the sketch below. Tim O'Donnell

February 2, 2020

Have you found President Trump's impeachment trial boring so far? If so, Saturday Night Live's latest cold open provided its audience with a look at what might've been.

Saturday evening's episode opened with a disinterested Chief Justice John Roberts (played by Mikey Day) presiding over the Senate trial as he's doing in real life, only to be quickly replaced by Kenan Thompson's Judge Greg Mathis, who injected some enthusiasm into the previously listless proceedings. Thompson's Mathis called witnesses to the stand, including Cecily Strong's drama-loving, Harry Potter fan fiction-writing John Bolton, and Pete Davidson's hoverboarding Hunter Biden.

Alec Baldwin then returned as Trump, who served as his own defense. Watch the full clip below. Tim O'Donnell

January 26, 2020

Saturday Night Live is back on NBC after its winter hiatus, and the cast was joined by an old friend.

Jon Lovitz returned for Saturday evening's cold open during which he portrayed President Trump's attorney Alan Dershowitz, who was preparing to argue the president's case in the Senate impeachment trial. As Lovitz's Dershowitz began his remarks, he was suddenly transported to the show's version of the underworld, where he met with the podcast-hosting devil, played by Kate McKinnon, who appears to be a huge fan of the lawyer.

While down there, Lovitz's Dershowitz was also greeted by Jeffrey Epstein, who was portrayed by the episode's host Adam Driver, and an assortment of other characters, including Flo from the Progressive commercials and Mr. Peanut. Watch the full clip below. Tim O'Donnell

December 22, 2019

Nostalgia was in the air in New York on Saturday night.

For starters, NBC's Saturday Night Live brought back one of its most legendary performers after 35 years. Eddie Murphy hosted the show and revived some of his classic characters and sketches like Buckwheat and Mr. Robinson's neighborhood. Murphy, who was greeted by an audience chanting his name, was joined on stage for his opening monologue by two more SNL alums in Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock, as well as fellow comedian Dave Chapelle.

But that wasn't all. During the episode's cold open, a slew of ex-stars returned to portray Democratic presidential candidates in a spoof of Thursday's debate. Rachel Dratch portrayed Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jason Sudeikis reprised his role as former Vice President Joe Biden, Fred Armisen took on the role of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and Maya Rudolph even dropped by to play Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, Larry David and Alec Baldwin were back as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a gatecrashing President Trump, respectively. Tim O'Donnell

December 15, 2019

NBC's Saturday Night Live gave viewers a possible preview of their own upcoming holiday season family dinners during last night's cold open.

Three families in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Charleston, South Carolina, discussed President Trump's impeachment. The San Francisco family, led by Cecily Strong, was excited by the House moving forward with a vote, while Beck Bennett's more conservative Charleston family expressed dismay. Kenan Thompson, meanwhile, probably spoke for millions when he tried to steer his family away from impeachment and discuss the upcoming film Bad Boys for Life, instead.

As The New York Times pointed out, it was a rare cold open that relied solely on SNL's cast members, rather than attempting to wow its audience with a celebrity cameo. But the skit wasn't lacking surprise, as Kate McKinnon appeared at the end as climate activist Greta Thunberg with some dour news about the future of the planet. Watch the full clip below. Tim O'Donnell

December 8, 2019

Welcome to NATO High.

In the latest Saturday Night Live cold open, the NBC show parodied the hot mic situation from last week's NATO conference, in which several world leaders appeared to be gossiping about President Trump. Paul Rudd, Jimmy Fallon, and James Corden joined the sketch as French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Rudd's Macron and Fallon's Trudeau are clearly the cool kids at the NATO conference, and they've decided to let Corden's Johnson tag along with them during lunch (though it sounds like they mostly want him to help them throw a party at Buckingham Palace.)

Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin returned as Trump, who — along with a tray filled with several cheeseburgers — tries to snag a seat at the table, but is continuously rejected by the trio, who eventually give their fourth seat to a shocked Angela Merkel (portrayed by Kate McKinnon). Baldwin's Trump is especally stung by Corden's Johnson, who he thought was his friend. After Baldwin's Trump gets fed up with his fellow leaders' antics, Cecily Strong's first lady Melania Trump dropped by with a message about bullying. Watch the full skit below. Tim O'Donnell

November 24, 2019

A legend returned for the latest episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Will Ferrell, a cast member from 1995-2002 who has gone on to appear in a few movies you may seen, made a cameo during Saturday night's cold open, appearing as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland alongside Alec Baldwin's President Trump, who was trying to prove that Sondland's impeachment inquiry testimony exonerated him.

Ferrell's Sondland wasn't much help for Baldwin's Trump — despite what appears to be his best intentions, he openly admits there was a quid-pro-quo. Watch the full sketch below. Tim O'Donnell

November 17, 2019

There's a fine line between parody and reality sometimes.

In the latest cold open, NBC's Saturday Night Live mocked President Trump's impeachment inquiry, depicting it as a soap opera titled Days of Our Impeachment (an obvious play on long-running soap Days of Our Lives.)

As cast member Alex Moffat's House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Mikey Day's angry Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) settled in to question former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, portrayed by Cecily Strong, about her knowledge of the Trump administration's methods in Ukraine, the chambers were hit with a barrage of shocking guests, in true soap opera fashion.

Most notably, actor Jon Hamm made an appearance as acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. He was joined by Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani, Maria Villaseñor's Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and even Kenan Thompson's Myles Garrett. The skit gets more outlandish by the moment, leaving the room filled in feigned shock. Watch the full sketch below. Tim O'Donnell

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