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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

February 17, 2019

Saturday Night Live's President Trump (Alec Baldwin) held a press conference on the White House lawn to announce his national emergency declaration, revealing the decision was just part of a grand plan to escape the confines of the presidency.

"We need wall," Baldwin's Trump told the media. "You can all see why I gotta fake this national emergency, right? I have to because I want to."

He then laid out exactly what would happen after he signed the emergency papers. First, he'll immediately be sued and the case will go to the Supreme Court, which will prompt him to call his "buddy," Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and tell him "it's time to repay the Donny." But Kavanaugh would feign ignorance. Next, Trump will plead insanity after Special Counsel Robert Mueller releases his findings before spending "a few months in the puzzle factory" for his crimes. "And my personal hell of playing president will finally be over."

Trump then answered — or refused to answer — a few "softball questions" on tariffs and undocumented immigrants. Watch the full sketch, which the real President Trump made clear on Twitter Sunday morning he did not enjoy, below. Tim O'Donnell

February 10, 2019

Saturday Night Live took on Virginia's mushrooming blackface scandal — now involving Gov. Ralph Northam (D), Attorney General Mark Herring (D), and state Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R) — with an exasperated Keenan Thompson as the state legislature's ethics committee chair making very, very clear wearing blackface "was never funny or cool."

Yes, even if it was part of a costume as a black person. Yes, even if the costume were of a woman. Yes, even if your costume won a contest. Yes, even if you were just goofing around with friends. Yes, even if it was the 1980s. Yes, also the 1990s.

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

January 20, 2019

Saturday Night Live returned from a holiday hiatus with Alec Baldwin as President Trump playing Deal or No Deal to end the partial government shutdown, as "a TV game show with women holding briefcases" is the "only format [he] can understand."

SNL's Trump gives an overview of the plan the real president proposed earlier Saturday, but host Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) has an array of alternative deals from congressional leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat). Trump cannot be tempted by their pitches, but when a Clemson University football player shows up with some "hamberders," he's ready to talk.

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

December 16, 2018

Saturday Night Live's President Trump (Alec Baldwin) was in a pensive mood on the White House balcony when an angel named Clarence (Kenan Thompson) showed up, straight from helping George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, to help Trump see the world as it would have been had he never been president.

Where a world without George Bailey was grim indeed, a world where Trump lost in 2016 is pretty great — for everyone. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) is on good terms with her husband; Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (Matt Damon) is a regular guy having a great time with his beers and calendars; Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), is his current personal attorney who is not headed to prison; and Special Counsel Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) is enjoying a pleasant old age with his grandchildren.

Alas, Trump doesn't learn the lesson Clarence hopes. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

December 9, 2018

What if the Trumps were black? That's the question asked in Saturday Night Live's trailer for Them Trumps, an imaginary new series from the makers of Empire.

Them Trumps has a solid concept and a strong line-up: President Darius Trump (Kenan Thompson), first lady Malika (Leslie Jones), Darius Jr. (Chris Redd), and L’evanka (Ego Nwodim). Where it struggles is length, as the black Trump can't seem to avoid arrest as easily as his white counterpart.

"Maybe I've done some dirty things. But I'm making America great again," Thompson's Trump rants. "And what these feds don't realize is that I'm the president, the most powerful man in the most respected office in the world. They can't lock me up, and even though I may be black—"

That's when the feds show up. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

December 9, 2018

Robert De Niro returned to Saturday Night Live as Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who also happens to be the boogeyman lurking in poor, sweet, dumb Eric Trump's (Alex Moffatt) closet.

After the more savvy Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) finishes Eric's bedtime story, De Niro's Mueller comes over to his bedside for a chat. "Mr. Mueller," Eric says, "people say you're the worst thing to ever happen to my dad."

"No, Eric," Mueller replies. "Getting elected president was the worst thing that ever happened to your dad." Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

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