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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

December 2, 2018

Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as an anxious President Trump, sleepless in Argentina over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — "Sometimes, it almost feels like he's coming after me!"

Talks with his current personal attorney Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) and former personal attorney Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) don't do much to allay Trump's worries. Also unhelpful: a chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett), who is clearly enamored with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Fred Armisen), no matter how much he claims Trump isn't just a "side piece."

Apropos to the setting, the scene ends on a musical note from Broadway's Evita. "Don't cry for me, Argentina," Trump sings, "the truth is I'm very guilty. Some little no-nos, and maybe treason, but I kept my promise — oops, no I didn't." Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

November 18, 2018

Steve Carrell hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time, and after much teasing over whether he'd ever reboot The Office, he got down to the business of the evening: mocking President Trump in character as Amazon's Jeff Bezos.

"As you know, Amazon just announced the location of its two new headquarters in New York and Virginia, and everyone — except for the people who live there and the people who live in all the places we didn't choose — is thrilled," Carrell as Bezos began.

He quickly shifted to address the rumors head on: Did he choose these locations, one where Trump grew up and one close to the White House, to overshadow the president? "That's simply not true," SNL's Bezos said. "I chose our locations because they were ideal for growing business, not just to make Donald Trump think about how I'm literally 100 times richer than he is."

And the new locations aren't Amazon's only exciting news, Bezos noted. The company is also debuting delivery drones humanized by suspiciously Trumpian wigs, as well as Amazon Caravan, a special new delivery service exclusive to Trump properties. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

November 11, 2018

Who among us has not experienced pure, unmitigated fury at the sight of a couple on House Hunters choosing a home for utterly irrational reasons that have little to no connection to their stated desires or reality? Saturday Night Live understands.

Host Liev Schreiber and Leslie Jones appear as just such a couple, seriously considering houses with features like windows that are drawn on, vertical floors, and a ceiling toilet. The house they settle on is a few billion more than they planned to spend, but it's perfect — except for the lack of man cave. "If I can't have the cave," Schreiber muses, "I'll just keep the man in the basement."

Watch the full skit below. Bonnie Kristian

November 11, 2018

Saturday Night Live said its farewells to ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions (played by Kate McKinnon as a wily little marsupial) with a musical sketch featuring a slew of Trump-world characters, but not President Trump himself. The president's absence, alas for the real life Sessions, is reportedly accurate.

In SNL's telling, Sessions is asked to pack up his office by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), during which he's visited by President Trump's adult sons, Vice President Mike Pence, and — in a surprise appearance from Robert DeNiro — Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"Ohhh boy, Robert Mueller, like they say, you can't arrest me, I quit, sir!" Sessions yelps as Mueller comes into the room. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

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