Entering this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open, we were very much curious with what the show was going to do. After all, it’s been a quieter past couple of days and following the death of President George H.W. Bush, this was a stranger time in the political world than what we’ve seen in a while.
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So what did the NBC series decide to do in order to kick off this week? Well, we got the first appearance from Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump in a while! The setting here was Argentina, which is where Trump currently is at the moment for the G20 summit, and there was a brief appearance by Cecily Strong as Melania Trump and then, eventually, Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani. Rudy turned up in order to give Trump an update on the Mueller investigation … and to also show us that he may be a vampire.
Then, we got an appearance from someone we weren’t sure we were going to have a chance to see again: Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen. Apparently, this was a way in which for SNL to send the character off … before eventually also bringing out Beck Bennett as Vladimir Putin and then also Fred Armisen, who made a brief appearance as Mohammed bin Salman from Saudi Arabia. One of the big headlines from the G20 was the friendship between Putin and Bin Salman … at least in the form of a handshake.
Oh, and we do also have to give Baldwin credit for making fun of his own outburst over a parking space. Also, he sang a rendition of “Don’t Cry Me For Me, Argentina,” one where he was flanked by many of his different cohorts that we saw during the sketch.
Was this funny?
Surprisingly, there were a number of really funny moments in this and it may be the best thing that we’ve seen from Baldwin as Trump so far this season. Sure, we cannot quite say that all of this was completely revolutionary (it was mostly the show parroting headlines from the past few days), but when many of these headlines are amusing through the lens of SNL, it’s hard to be altogether upset about it. Our advice moving forward is that SNL continue to move forward and give us some of these great sketches in moderation.
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