February 4, 2018

"Oh, I don't belong as first lady," moans Saturday Night Live's Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) at the prospect of attending President Trump's State of the Union address. "I wish I could talk to someone who's been through this whole mess before."

Her wish is granted by the materialization of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (host Natalie Portman), who arrives dressed in a perfect pillbox hat and fully prepared to dispense her hard-won wisdom on how to handle presidents who cheat. "You're not the only first lady whose husband had affairs," Jackie says, referring to Trump's acknowledged and alleged infidelities. "Jack cheated on me with Marilyn Monroe."

Melania isn't quite sold on the comparison, but soon she gets additional advice from other former first ladies: a smug Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon), an ax-wielding Martha Washington (Aidy Bryant), and a triumphant Michelle Obama (Leslie Jones), whose "perfect" marriage is just "like The Notebook, but black and rich." Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

February 4, 2018

Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as President Trump calling in to his favorite show, Fox & Friends, while in bed enjoying his morning Diet Coke and Egg McMuffin. Before Trump rings in, though, the Fox hosts chat with White House gossip girl Hope Hicks (Cecily Strong) and a befuddled Minister Louis Farrakhan (Chris Redd), who has been invited to Fox to explore his newfound commonality with the network and the president: distrust of the FBI.

Soon it's time for Baldwin's Trump to get his daily intelligence briefing — from Fox & Friends, naturally — but what he really wants to do is talk about his "State of the Union speech, which was watched by 10 billion people, including all of China." After all, Trump muses, "a lot of folks are saying, including Paul Ryan, that it was better than Martin Luther King's 'I dream of Jeannie' speech."

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

January 28, 2018

Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell returned to his old stomping grounds to revive his role of President George W. Bush, whom polling suggests is remembered with increasing fondness in the age of Trump.

Trump "came in and suddenly I'm looking pretty sweet by comparison," Ferrell's Bush explains from the fake Oval Office where he relives his presidential glory days. "I'm suddenly popular AF, and a lot of people are saying, 'Man, I wish George W. Bush was still our president right about now.'"

"So I just wanted to address my fellow Americans tonight and remind you guys that I was really bad," he continues. "Like historically not good. So I get why you don't like this current guy — heck, I voted for Jill Stein all the way — but please do not look back at my presidency and think, 'This is how we do it.' Don't forget, we're still in two different wars that I started. Hey, hey, what has two thumbs and created ISIS? This guy."

Watch the full skit below. Bonnie Kristian

January 21, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, implausibly but effectively played by a giggly Kate McKinnon in shoulder pads and facial prosthetics, visited Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update in a jovial mood to discuss his Russia investigation with host Colin Jost.

McKinnon's Mueller coyly insisted he could not discuss his ongoing probe into Russian election meddling and alleged Trump campaign collusion, but he was more than willing to offer a few hints of how well it's going. "Colin, you gotta understand, the guy didn't leave me a trail of breadcrumbs," Mueller said of President Trump. "He left me full loaves — fresh, seven-grain loaves straight from Panera Bread. I'm having a blast, man."

Watch the full skit below. Bonnie Kristian

January 21, 2018

Saturday Night Live opened with a joint press conference by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) and Dr. Ronny Jackson (Beck Bennett), the doctor who reported the results of President Trump's physical this past week. Jackson is on hand, Sanders explains, "to come out here and tell you how not fat the president is."

"This is the president's unbiased, 100 percent accurate health assessment," Bennett's Jackson begins. "At the time of examination, the president was 71 years and seven months young. His resting heart rate was a cool 68 bpm, his weight a very svelte 239 pounds. He has a gorgeous 44-inch coke-bottle waist, and his height, 75 inches, with legs that — well, they seem to go on forever. Size 12 shoes, so you can fill in the blanks there," he continues. "It's my expert medical opinion that the president has a rockin' bod with an excellent cushion for the pushin'. And if given the chance, I would."

The real Jackson was not quite so vivid in his report on Trump's health, though he did say Trump has "incredible genes" and declared him to be "in excellent health." Read about Jackson's actual report here, and watch the full SNL sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

January 14, 2018

Saturday Night Live opened on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe this week, with Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) talking about President Trump and Michael Wolff's controversial new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. SNL alum Fred Armisen appeared as Wolff, joined by ousted White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, revealed under his Grim Reaper hood to be played by Bill Murray.

The real life Bannon's quotes in Fire and Fury led to a statement from Trump declaring his former ally has "lost his mind," but Murray's Bannon is pretty optimistic about "the Bannon dynasty," and also his forthcoming line of "wrinkled barn jackets called, 'Frumpers, for guys.'"

Watch the full sketch — including an appearance by Leslie Jones' Oprah and plenty of swipes at the Morning Joe hosts — below. Bonnie Kristian

December 17, 2017

Saturday Night Live's President Trump (Alec Baldwin) is excited to trim the White House tree now that he has declared an end to hostilities in the "War on Christmas," and this year, the first family is decorating on a theme. Joined by the first lady, some of his children, and various administration staff, Trump adorns his "tree of shame" with ornaments featuring the faces of "all the haters and losers [he] destroyed this year."

The haters and losers are mostly former members of the Trump White House, but fired FBI Director James Comey and former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are on the tree, too. Elf on the Shelf Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) shows up on the mantel to help with the tree trimming and wish everyone a merry Christmas, because "everybody is gonna get away with everything!"

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

December 10, 2017

After coming under criticism for being too slow to address sexual misconduct allegations against media figures like producer Harvey Weinstein, Saturday Night Live has been making up for lost time. The latest episode sees the subject pop up in the cold open, a Weekend Update segment, and a sketch called "Sexual Harassment Charlie."

The scene is an office workplace, where two newly fired employees — James Franco's CFO Doug and Kenan Thompson's elderly front desk man, Charlie — are apologizing to their female coworkers for past sexual harassment. Doug apologizes for inappropriate nicknames and compliments, while Charlie is sorry for making comments like, "If I was 11 years younger, I'd put you in a large sack, throw you in the trunk of my Eldorado, drive you to my sister's house with a big old medical bed, crack open the windows, and show you a good old time for 28 minutes."

Where Doug's apologies are met with renewed disgust, the women wave away Charlie's vivid retelling of his far more serious misconduct as "Charlie being Charlie." The skit's interrogation of inconsistencies in how we respond to harassment ends with an unexpected twist. Watch the whole thing below. Bonnie Kristian

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