The past month or so certainly has proven to be rather kind to “Saturday Night Live” courtesy of four new episodes, and of the group three of them were of extremely high quality. (You can forget the Emily Blunt-hosted one happened and nobody will be angry.)
Unfortunately, there is no new episode airing tonight, and the network is instead airing a repeat of the Margot Robbie-hosted premiere, which is rather great. We of course recommend watching the whole show is you haven’t seen it, but if you’re short on time, here are a couple of clips that give you a sense of the best the show had to offer.
Alec Baldwin’s debut as Donald Trump – While this impression is gold every time we see it, it easily drew the biggest laughs the first time. It was unexpected, silly, over-the-top, and above all glorious. While there have been some other good Trump impressions over the years, none have prioritized humor as much as Baldwin has. There are several wonderful moments in this, whether it be “Trump” proclaiming he won the debate immediately, a small tribute to Gene Wilder, and even Michael Che somehow managing to keep it together as Lester Holt.
If you missed it, earlier today Trump said he will never go on the show again. Well, we wonder why.
“Live Report” – This was the first live sketch of the entire season, and it holds up extremely well even if you’ve already watched it thanks to the quality of the writing and the performance. Sure, the main joke at the center of this is rather derivative (there’s no way “Matt Shatt” could ever end up being married to Robbie’s character), but all the little reveals throughout are wonderful in between learning that Shatt is a puppeteer, he wears Crocs, and he was not even born with all of the proper anatomy. Cecily Strong is great as the woman trying to keep the newscast together, but the real scene-stealer here is Kenan Thompson. Ever since “Kenan & Kel,” he’s always been great at playing the character who gets upset by the weird things around him.
Check back next week, since we’ll have more coverage leading up to Benedict Cumberbatch’s show on November 5. (Photo: NBC.)