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
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
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
Saturday Night Live tackled Kanye West's newfound affection for President Trump — and his recent suggestion in a TMZ interview that slavery was "a choice" — in a spoof of John Krasinski's acclaimed thriller, A Quiet Place.
The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic world with a population decimated by sightless monsters that hunt by sound. For safety, silence is crucial. But with Kanye tweeting, silence proves impossible.
This week's host, Donald Glover, and his survivalist companions (Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Beck Bennett, and Aidy Bryant) in "A Kanye Place" just can't stifle their exclamations at each new Kanye post — with fatal consequences. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian
Saturday Night Live came back from a brief break with a star-studded cold open anchored by comedian Ben Stiller reprising his role as President Trump's hapless personal attorney Michael Cohen, now being wiretapped by the FBI (in real life, the agency monitored the metadata of his calls but did not tap them).
Cohen is on the phone — well, on multiple burners and a payphone where he dials *86 for supposed anonymity — with Trumpworld characters including Alec Baldwin's President Trump, Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani, Martin Short's Dr. Harold Bornstein, Scarlett Johansson and Jimmy Fallon's Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and the actual adult film star Stormy Daniels as herself. Her message for the Trumps of SNL and the White House alike: "I know you don't believe in climate change, but a storm's coming, baby."
Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian
Actors Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump's embattled personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a Meet the Parents-style interrogation.
After a chat with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) and Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), the hapless Cohen meets Mueller for a surprise lie detector test. "I'll start with some easy ones," Mueller begins. "How'd you like that pee-pee tape?"
As the interrogation proceeds, it swerves between references to real life and the Meet the Parents franchise. And in either context, DeNiro's Mueller makes clear, he is prepared to "catch all you little Fockers." Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian
"Hello, how's it going? Let's make this quick, because I've got a lot of trade wars to escalate," Saturday Night Live's President Trump (Alec Baldwin) began his joint press conference with the leaders of several Baltic states. After his prepared (and extremely unprepared) remarks are finished, Trump turns his attention to his own inner monologue, mainly concluding he is very bored and would rather be watching Roseanne, as she is "like a good Rosie O'Donnell."
After a brief nap while the president of Lithuania is speaking, SNL's Trump decides to get honest with assembled members of the press. Of his one-sided feud with Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and The Washington Post, Trump concedes his hatred because Bezos is "way more mature than me and he admits to being bald, so I feel threatened on two levels."
Asked about negative effects of his immigration and trade policies, Trump again cuts to the chase. "Here's the thing no one else is saying, and I'm the only one who's willing to actually say this: I don't care about America," he says. "This whole presidency is a four-year cash grab, and admitting that will probably get me four more years." Watch the full skit below. Bonnie Kristian
SNL's Rex Tillerson is definitely still processing being fired by 'a man who used to sell steaks in the mail'
On the set with Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat), Hader's former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Goodman's fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson commiserated about the chaos in the Trump administration. "It's just crazy how one day you're the CEO of Exxon, a 50-billion dollar company," Tillerson muses, "and the next you get fired by a man who used to sell steaks in the mail."
Kate McKinnon also showed up as Attorney General Jeff Sessions reflecting on the Friday firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. "I'm just a simple man who wanted to make things bad for immigrants," Sessions says, "and now here I am taking away the pension of a Christian white. It ain't right!" Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian