October 14, 2018

Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Saturday Night Live's President Trump with a cold open taking on — what else? — the president's strange Thursday meeting with Kanye West.

A recent SNL guest, West did most of the writers' work for them, telling Trump that wearing a Make America Great Again hat gives him "power" and makes him "feel like Superman," and that Air Force One deserves some updates because the president's plane should be "the flyest."

SNL's West (Chris Redd) said pretty much the same thing, and Trump, in voiceover thoughts, soon realized the whole wild man schtick felt familiar. "[West] doesn't stop. He doesn't listen to anyone but himself," he muses. "Who does he remind me of? Oh my god, he's black me!" Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

October 7, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent most cell phone owners in the United States a text message last month. It wasn't a message straight from President Trump, but it was a test of the agency's "presidential alert" system for national emergencies.

Saturday Night Live imagined how that could go wrong — very wrong. "Puerto Rico is fine now! I guess the paper towels worked!" reads one message SNL's Trump texts out. "Warning: White men are under attack," declares another.

Fortunately, in real life, the texting system will not be an extension of Trump's Twitter feed. While "FEMA is under control of the executive branch (the head of FEMA is selected by the president, and reports to the Department of Homeland Security)," New York magazine explains, "the agency would have a vested interest in not seeing their alert system bent toward, uh, non-emergency ends."

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

October 7, 2018

"There have been protests in Washington" over the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, "and several cry breaks here at CNN," Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson said in character as anchor Don Lemon. He then introduced a live feed from the "GOP locker room," where Republican senators were gleefully celebrating their triumph.

"Republicans read the mood of the country, we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (a nearly unidentifiable Beck Bennett). "Everyone's pumped — from white men over 60 to white men over 70." The victory, he added, is "up there with Vietnam, for sure."

Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) giving a play-by-play of the final moments of the win, with an assist from Cecily Strong's Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the deciding pro-Kavanaugh vote. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

September 30, 2018

Kanye West was the musical guest for Saturday Night Live's season opener, and at the end of the show, in a portion that was not aired, he donned a "Make America Great Again" hat and started talking politics. Segments of West's rant were captured and shared by people in the studio audience, including comedian Chris Rock.

West accused black Americans of being duped by a "Democratic plan" to "take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare." Addressing his vocal support of President Trump, West said if he were "concerned about racism [he] would have moved out of America a long time ago." He urged listeners to "follow your heart, and stop following your mind" and intimated he may run for public office in 2020.

Watch two clips of West's comments below. Bonnie Kristian

September 30, 2018

Saturday Night Live returned for Season 44, launching with a cold open starring actor Matt Damon as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The scene is Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

"Now I am usually an optimist," Damon's Kavanaugh says in his introductory speech. "I'm a keg-half-full kind of guy, but what I've seen from the monsters on this committee makes me want to puke — and not from beer!" He lays out a two-prong defense: One, look at his "beautiful, creepy calendars," which never mention sexually assaulting anybody, and two, in high school, he was "the proudest, drunkest virgin you've ever seen."

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

May 20, 2018

Saturday Night Live veteran Tina Fey closed out the show's 43rd season hosting a star-studded episode. Her 30 Rock costar, Alec Baldwin, returned once again as President Trump, and Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller reprised their recent appearances as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Trump attorney Michael Cohen, respectively.

But not every cameo happened in character: Jerry Seinfeld, Fred Armisen, Donald Glover, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Jordan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, and more showed up for a meta bit about whether the show is disadvantaging newer cast members by bringing in so many celebrities for choice roles.

Watch the cold open and Fey's monologue below. Bonnie Kristian

May 13, 2018

High school graduation season is upon us, and Saturday Night Live knows how, uh, great it's going to be!

With all the enthusiasm and fisheye lens of a monster truck event commercial, SNL's mock ad for James Madision High School's graduation touts each excruciating part of the ordeal. "It's gonna be hot as hell," the announcer yells, with "100 grads, 400 family members, all in direct sunlight for three-plus hours! Grandpa might pass out!"

Yes, this graduation has everything: awkward student speakers, teen pregnancy, dads taking pictures with iPads, and that thing of when the principal fell off the stage. To fortify yourself for the real graduation on your calendar, watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

May 13, 2018

Saturday Night Live gave its normal political cold open a pass this week to celebrate Mother's Day, instead bringing on the cast's moms for sick burns on their children's comedy careers.

The moms took some personal swipes — 15-year cast member Kenan Thompson's mother literally can't remember when he wasn't on SNL but they also wanted to weigh in on the show's jokes about the Trump administration.

Mikey Day's mom kicked it off by comparing his high school production of The Crucible to "the witch hunt against President Trump," and after he rushed her off the stage, Luke Null's mother stepped up to ask why SNL doesn't "ever talk about Crooked Hillary." "Mom, I am so new here," he begs. "Please do not do this to me." Bonnie Kristian

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