On Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live where he hosted the late-night comedy sketch show for the 17th time. Baldwin has become a regular face on the show as in addition to hosting he’s made regular appearances as President Donald Trump in what may go down as one of the most spot-on impressions of all time. The SNL cast has drawn critical praise for their talent while also drawing political ire from those who feel the brunt of their skits. Bringing politics into Saturday Night Live sketches is nothing new. Even when George Carlin hosted the show for the first time in October 1975, he had a political tone. Saturday Night Live is in its 42nd season and they continue to set the tone for political humor, satire and all-out late night fun. In Episode 14 we saw Melissa McCarthy return to the role she originated during week 13 when Kristen Stewart hosted as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
In Episode 14 we saw Melissa McCarthy return to the role she originated during week 13 when Kristen Stewart hosted as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Kate McKinnon continues to play multiple characters each show in what might be record-breaking. This week she portrayed Jeff Sessions, Kellyanne Conway and Elizabeth Warren, proving that she definitely deserved her Primetime Emmy and Critics’ Choice awards. See below for our top picks for this week’s SNL moments you won’t want to miss.
Alec Baldwin’s 17th ‘SNL’ Opening Monologue
Alec Baldwin was joined by Pete Davidson and while Alec reminisced about his days hosting, Pete wouldn’t leave the actor alone for his changing looks. Hey, Baldwin’s a silver fox, what’s the deal? Check out Alec Baldwin’s opening monologue in the video below.
Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Melissa McCarthy’s gig as Sean Spicer has topped the YouTube trending lists twice each week. SNL is seeing its best ratings in years and longtime fans of the show as well as those who stopped watching are tuning in to see what impressions will be next to air. While Donald Trump might take issue with the portrayals, it’s a healthy, positive way for people to vent. Really Mr. President, would you rather people protest outside of Trump Tower and the White House or express their angst through comedy and Saturday Night Live skits? Maybe President Trump isn’t getting the humor but the majority of Americans are.
In this skit, Melissa McCarthy is Sean Spicer fielding questions from the nasty press and Kate McKinnon appears as Jeff Sessions.
(Note, this is a cold open. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it means that the show didn’t begin with opening credits, but rather as soon as Saturday Night Live aired, this was the opening skit)
Kate McKinnon as Senator Elizabeth Warren
Kate McKinnon has enthralled viewers since her hilarious alien abduction sketch and now she’s proving just how valuable she is to the show by playing an onslaught of hit-them-over-the-head spot-on characters. This week was no exception as McKinnon nailed her Sen. Warren impersonation. And it makes one wonder if the other cast members are being paid the same as McKinnon. If so, we think she needs a raise. Watch Kate McKinnon as Sen. Warren on the Weekend Update in the video player below.
Russell Stover Celebrates Black History Month
February is Black History Month and Valentine’s Day and there’s no better way to celebrate than to combine the traditions and honor leading black Americans throughout history with a commemorative box of chocolates. Check out this hilarious skit. “I Have a Cream!”
President Trump and Ninth Circuit Judges at People’s Court
If there were any complaints regarding Alec Baldwin’s hosting of Saturday Night Live according to social media users, it was he didn’t perform as President Donald Trump enough. In this skit, President Trump wants his travel ban in a bigly kind of way and is taking the Ninth Circuit Judges to court. Mind you, not the Supreme Court, but the People’s Court. Which is kind of perfect since he is a reality TV star. Check out the video of Trump and the People’s Court below.
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