“SNL” continues to fire away at American politics and culture in Season 43, no shortage of ammunition coming from Donald Trump and the rest of the White House staff.
This week features another fresh episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the third in a row after the show’s return from a three-week hiatus in February while NBC aired the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Former “SNL” alumnus Bill Hader is hosting ahead of the premiere of his new HBO show, “Barry,” about a hitman who ventures to Los Angeles to find his target, falls in with a community theater class, and finds he really likes it. Indie rock band Arcade fire will serve as musical guest.
Prior to Hader, “This is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown hosted, fresh off his Prime-Time Emmy win for his turn on the hit show, with singer-songwriter James Bay as musical guest. Before that, basketball great Charles Barkley served as host, with musical guest Migos. That episode also saw Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Trump, which is only the second time in 2018 he’s played the role.
Natalie Portman played host for the first “SNL” episode to air following the hiatus for the Olympics, with musical guest Dua Lipa, on Feb. 3. Before Portman’s episode, which was her second turn as host, it had been a while since she was on the show — her last hosting turn was in 2006, and made a cameo on the show in 2012.
Portman’s episode marked the first time in 2018 that Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump. He appeared in the episode’s cold open, in which Trump called into a parody version of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” a show the real president seems to watch pretty consistently.
Riffing on a gag from her 2006 hosting turn, Portman also took part in a “Star Wars”-infused rap in her latest episode.
Before Portman’s episode, another host returned to the show after a long hiatus — “SNL” alumnus Will Ferrell, who left the show way back in 2002. His Jan. 27 episode marked Ferrell’s fourth turn as host for the show in the last 16 years, and his first return to lead the show since 2012. Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton took on the role of musical guest, ahead of his appearance Sunday playing at 2018 Grammy Awards.
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