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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

November 4, 2018

Saturday Night Live took aim in the cold open this week at Fox News' coverage of the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico. Kate McKinnon anchored the segment as Laura Ingraham, reporting on this "vicious caravan of dozens, maybe millions of illegal immigrants" heading "straight for you and your grandchildren."

From fellow Fox talking head Jeannine Pirro (Cecily Strong), Ingraham learns the caravan is chock full of "ISIS" and "Aladdins," who arrived via the "very common direct flight from Iran to Guatemala."

Kenan Thompson also shows up as former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, warning that if "these immigrants walk at a normal pace of 300 miles a day, they could be here in time to vote on Election Day."

But the most questionable detail of all may be the caravan footage Ingraham and her guests provide, which feels ... just a little off, somehow. See it in the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

October 14, 2018

Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Saturday Night Live's President Trump with a cold open taking on — what else? — the president's strange Thursday meeting with Kanye West.

A recent SNL guest, West did most of the writers' work for them, telling Trump that wearing a Make America Great Again hat gives him "power" and makes him "feel like Superman," and that Air Force One deserves some updates because the president's plane should be "the flyest."

SNL's West (Chris Redd) said pretty much the same thing, and Trump, in voiceover thoughts, soon realized the whole wild man schtick felt familiar. "[West] doesn't stop. He doesn't listen to anyone but himself," he muses. "Who does he remind me of? Oh my god, he's black me!" Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

October 7, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent most cell phone owners in the United States a text message last month. It wasn't a message straight from President Trump, but it was a test of the agency's "presidential alert" system for national emergencies.

Saturday Night Live imagined how that could go wrong — very wrong. "Puerto Rico is fine now! I guess the paper towels worked!" reads one message SNL's Trump texts out. "Warning: White men are under attack," declares another.

Fortunately, in real life, the texting system will not be an extension of Trump's Twitter feed. While "FEMA is under control of the executive branch (the head of FEMA is selected by the president, and reports to the Department of Homeland Security)," New York magazine explains, "the agency would have a vested interest in not seeing their alert system bent toward, uh, non-emergency ends."

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

October 7, 2018

"There have been protests in Washington" over the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, "and several cry breaks here at CNN," Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson said in character as anchor Don Lemon. He then introduced a live feed from the "GOP locker room," where Republican senators were gleefully celebrating their triumph.

"Republicans read the mood of the country, we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (a nearly unidentifiable Beck Bennett). "Everyone's pumped — from white men over 60 to white men over 70." The victory, he added, is "up there with Vietnam, for sure."

Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) giving a play-by-play of the final moments of the win, with an assist from Cecily Strong's Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the deciding pro-Kavanaugh vote. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

September 30, 2018

Kanye West was the musical guest for Saturday Night Live's season opener, and at the end of the show, in a portion that was not aired, he donned a "Make America Great Again" hat and started talking politics. Segments of West's rant were captured and shared by people in the studio audience, including comedian Chris Rock.

West accused black Americans of being duped by a "Democratic plan" to "take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare." Addressing his vocal support of President Trump, West said if he were "concerned about racism [he] would have moved out of America a long time ago." He urged listeners to "follow your heart, and stop following your mind" and intimated he may run for public office in 2020.

Watch two clips of West's comments below. Bonnie Kristian

September 30, 2018

Saturday Night Live returned for Season 44, launching with a cold open starring actor Matt Damon as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The scene is Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

"Now I am usually an optimist," Damon's Kavanaugh says in his introductory speech. "I'm a keg-half-full kind of guy, but what I've seen from the monsters on this committee makes me want to puke — and not from beer!" He lays out a two-prong defense: One, look at his "beautiful, creepy calendars," which never mention sexually assaulting anybody, and two, in high school, he was "the proudest, drunkest virgin you've ever seen."

Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian

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