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May 19, 2019

Alec Baldwin returned to NBC's Saturday Night Live to portray President Trump once again on Saturday evening for the show's season finale, but he also channeled his inner-Freddie Mercury during the episode's cold open.

While boasting about how much he has accomplished as commander-in-chief in the last year, Baldwin's Trump breaks into a rendition of Queen's hit song, "Don't Stop Me Now." He's shortly joined by a cast of characters including Cecily Strong's first lady Melania Trump, Beck Bennett's Vice President Mike Pence, and Aidy Bryant's White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for what turns into a raucous sing-along. Turns out, not even Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller can ruin their fun. Watch the full skit below. Tim O'Donnell

May 12, 2019

Saturday Night Live kept it in the family on Saturday evening, spoofing fellow NBC show Meet the Press.

SNL's Chuck Todd, played by Kyle Mooney, interviews a roundtable of prominent Republicans, Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.), portrayed by Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Beck Bennett, respectively. Graham and McConnell offer sterling praise of President Trump from the get go, while Strong's Collins does offer some very muffled criticism of the commander-in-chief. She's thought about sending him a strongly-worded email or two, for example.

Mooney's Todd decides to push the limits and has the trio play a game. What would it take, he asks them, to quit supporting Trump? For a moment, it looked like a hypothetical situation in which Trump married Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and supported her Green New Deal might do the trick. But the answer, ultimately, is nothing. Watch the full sketch below. Tim O'Donnell

May 5, 2019

Saturday Night Live took on the culture on Saturday night.

Instead of parodying Attorney General William Barr's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, SNL gave its audience something "everyone can get behind." In an edition of the show's version of Family Feud, Kenan Thompson's Steve Harvey hosted a battle of knowledge between several characters from Marvel's The Avengers and the heroes of the Battle of Winterfell from HBO's Game of Thrones.

Watch the likes of Thanos, Thor, Okoye, and Groot square off using only their minds against Brienne of Tarth, Tormund Giantsbane, Bran Stark, and Melisandre in the world's greatest crossover event below. It was only a matter of time. Tim O'Donnell

April 14, 2019

NBC's Saturday Night Live took a little break from U.S. politics during the cold open on Saturday evening's episode.

Instead, the cast found themselves in a jail cell, where Kenan Thompson, Kyle Mooney, and Chris Redd portray three unnamed prisoners, who are the focus of an MSNBC prison show titled Locked Up. The latter two actors almost come to blows when comparing who committed the more intense crime before Thompson breaks them apart. But the tough guys are soon introduced to Kate McKinnon's Lori Loughlin, who floors the other inmates with tales of how she payed $500,000 to get her daughter into the University of Southern California.

But it's not long before McKinnon is one-upped, either. Pete Davidson appears as lawyer Michael Avenatti and easily captures the championship belt, which is then shortly taken by guest star Michael Keaton's gum-chewing Julian Assange. Watch the full sketch below. Tim O'Donnell

April 7, 2019

Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis returned to his old stomping grounds on Saturday evening to reprise his role as former Vice President Joe Biden.

The show used the cold open to lampoon Biden, who's come under fire recently after several women complained that his physical contact has made them feel uncomfortable in the past, as he gears up to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Sudeikis' Biden is called into his 2020 headquarters where two of his staffers have set up a sensitivity training session, so that he can learn to respect people's personal space.

But it ends in abject failure.

Sudeikis learns absolutely nothing and even ends up more encouraged to continue behaving as he always has when SNL actor Leslie Jones excitedly recognizes him as "Obama's grandaddy." Watch the full skit below. Tim O'Donnell

March 31, 2019

After a two week hiatus, NBC's Saturday Night Live returned to the airwaves on Saturday evening.

The show's cold open, naturally, took on the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro reprised their roles as President Trump and Mueller, respectively, while SNL regulars Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon portrayed Attorney General William Barr and Rudy Giuliani.

The sketch consisted of cutting back and forth between three scenes — all of which provided a very different take on Mueller's final report. De Niro's Mueller seriously explains his findings, indicating that while he did not find any concrete evidence of collusion with Russian election interference, there are still many questions remaining about the conduct of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Bryant's Barr, meanwhile, downplays Mueller's words while writing a summary of the report for Congress, outright declaring that Trump will get off scot-free. As for Baldwin's Trump? Well, he's in quite the celebratory mood, even invoking some lyrics from Smash Mouth's "All Star" to express his jubilation. Watch the full skit below. Tim O'Donnell

March 10, 2019

Saturday Night Live took a brief hiatus from the chaos in Washington during Saturday's cold open, instead targeting R&B singer R. Kelly, who was recently charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four women, including three who were minors at the time of the alleged abuse. Kelly was also just released from a Chicago jail on Saturday where he was being held for failing to pay child support.

The show specifically parodied Kelly's explosive interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning last Wednesday. Cast members Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson portrayed King and Kelly, respectively.

Thompson's Kelly repeatedly asks for Jones' King to refer to him as "victim" during the mock interview, but King steadfastly refuses. Kelly also consistently forgets that the interview has actually started, and occasionally breaks out into song to express his thoughts. Watch the full sketch below. Tim O'Donnell

March 3, 2019

Saturday Night Live lampooned Michael Cohen's testimony against President Trump on Wednesday, featuring a cameo from Ben Stiller as Trump's former personal lawyer.

SNL veteran Kenan Thompson, portraying House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), offered the scene's opening remarks. "For any other president, this hearing would be the most humiliating and damning day of their lives," he said. "For Trump, it's just Wednesday."

It took Stiller's Cohen a few beats to realize he was at a hearing, rather than a trial. He confused Thompson's Cummings for a judge and addressed his opening statement to a jury. He then acknowledged that while "the first time I testified was also under oath," this time "I, like, really mean it."

The sketch also parodied several members of Congress. Most notably SNL alum Bill Hader returned to his old stomping grounds to play an overly-enraged Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Watch the full sketch below. Tim O'Donnell

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