The first Saturday Night Live episode of 2020 opened with Beck Bennett’s Mitch McConnell and Cecily Strong’s Susan Collins conferring about the impeachment trial in the Senate.
“We all know this impeachment proceeding is a sham and a hoax,” the Senate majority leader said. “Republicans are simply requesting a fair trial: no witnesses, no evidence. That way we can acquit President Trump and focus on the real problem in this country: teenagers who try marijuana.”
“Well, the evidence against Trump is pretty damning, so I’m still on the fence,” Collins replied with a wink.
But soon they were joined by the night’s big guest star: former SNL cast member Jon Lovitz as Trump’s defense attorney Alan Dershowitz.
Alec Baldwin again portrayed President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” this week, calling in to “Weekend Update” to brag that the United States is now “No. 1 in the world” for COVID-19 ― in terms of cases and deaths.
“My TV ratings are through the roof, and every night at 7 p.m. all of New York claps and cheers for the great job I’m doing,” he told Colin Jost and Michael Che, who co-hosted the segment from their homes.
“I don’t know if that’s for you, man,” Che replied. People in the city cheer every night to thank health care workers on the front lines.
“I’ve always said it was a giant hoax that we should take very seriously,” Baldwin’s Trump said, also referring to the disease as “Covfefe-19.” “Everyone needs to wash their hands — or not.”
He also warned that all absentee ballots are “covered in coronavirus.” (Check out Baldwin’s latest shtick in the video up top.)
Some fans listened to “Weekend Update” on Zoom, providing a bizarre kind of laugh track. But Che said that “telling jokes with nobody just looks like hostage footage.”
Quarantined couch potatoes apparently were desperate for a new episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
The remote “At Home” episode — featuring many regular cast members, surprise host Tom Hanks and musical guest Chris Martin — was a ratings winner for the NBC sketch show, landing 6.7 million viewers, according to the Wrap. It was the second-highest rated episode in Season 45, trailing the 10 million fans who tuned in for host and “SNL” alum Eddie Murphy and singer Lizzo in the highly-anticipated Dec. 21, 2019, episode.
Saturday night’s nearly live show — the first since the coronavirus put the brakes on the NYC production last month — featured many of the cast members streaming from their homes. Sketches included a send-up of work video calls via Zoom, “Tiger King” nemesis Carole Baskin (played by Chloe Fineman) giving slow-biking lessons and Kate McKinnon’s latest take on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and how she’s staying fit while working from home. Colin Jost and Michael Che also tag-teamed their usual “Weekend Update,” though social distancing from their respective homes.
The Zoom sketch especially seemed to hit home for many viewers, who perhaps have been dealing with technology-averse co-workers during video meetings. “OMG. The bit about co-workers using #Zoom for the first time was so on point! (Not naming names, but I’ve had at least one meeting where a person had their camera pointed at their feet during half the meeting.),” said one Twitter poster. Another simply called the segment “GOLD!”
The finale kicks off with Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) delivering a virtual address to a very unhappy group of high school graduates. The obviously ill president congratulates the “Class of Covid-19” before rambling about coal, Dr Fauci, sunscreen and Obama, all while drinking bleach.
The night’s “host”, Kristin Wiig, gives a very awkward monologue. Sandwiched between two quick and cringey showtunes, the former cast member half-jokingly/half-seriously wishes everyone a happy Mother’s Day.
The show proper gets off to a good start with Zoom Catch-Up, in which sociopathic jetsetters Deidre (Heidi Gardner) and Ripley (Martin Short, great as always) infuriate their friends by regaling them with details of their voluntary “quarantina” in Covid-ravaged Italy – “The food, the people, the wine … we saw none of it!”
Song for the Kids is a musical public service announcement in which the cast, joined by a children’s choir and Josh Gad, make an impassioned argument to “Let Kids Drink” during quarantine – “They’ll be happier and funnier and fall asleep by six!” It’s the rare musical number that starts out catchy and funny and gets better, climaxing in Beck Bennett’s gloriously pathetic plea on behalf of drunken sad sacks everywhere.
Another Masterclass: Quarantine Edition sees Chloe Fineman deliver a dead-on very self-satisfied Phoebe Waller-Bridge and a slightly less impressive air-headed Britney Spears. Melissa Villaseñor joins in with her Instagram-popular (but one-note) John Mulaney.
Alec Baldwin has never been so happy to lose a gig.
The politically outspoken actor reacted to Donald Trump losing his 2020 reelection bid, which presumably will soon leave Baldwin out of a job playing the president on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
Baldwin wrote on Twitter, "I don’t believe I’ve ever been this overjoyed to lose a job before! ... It will be comforting when we have a President who doesn’t Tweet twice as much as I do ... They’re gonna need an enormous shipment of tissues sent to Mar-a-Lago ... On to my next wish. That everyone who voted in this election maintains that commitment and votes in the 2022 midterm elections. Let’s keep this going!!!"
The election outcome was called by major media outlets on Saturday, just hours before Baldwin taped an appearance on the iconic sketch comedy show.
"As anyone who died halfway through Tuesday knows, I was re-elected president of the United States," Baldwin-as-Trump declared in the episode, which was hosted by Dave Chappelle.
The actor also posted this apparent farewell:
In EW's recap of the Nov. 7 show, writer Andy Hoglund was joined by SNL cast member Gary Kroeger, who noted about Baldwin's long-running performance: "I won't miss Baldwin's Trump at all. That doesn't mean I didn't like it, I did, and still do, but there hasn't been a new twist on his characterization in a couple of years. How could there be? It was done to death."