“SNL” tackled the recent firings at the White House in its cold open with a parody of “Anderson Cooper 360” that included a murderer’s row of characters from the Trump administration.
As Alex Moffat’s Anderson Cooper kicked off the segment talking about Donald Trump’s administration firing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, just a day before he could collect his pension. The first person he interviewed was Kate McKinnon’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was the one to fire McCabe.
“Look at me, I still got a job!” Sessions shouted as Cooper introduced him.
“Can you give us the exact reason McCabe was fired?” Moffat’s Cooper asked.
“Yes, of course, Mr. McCabe was in clear violation, um, because of his lack of candor — I can’t even dance around, Trump made me do it,” Sessions replied. “He saw too much.”
Sessions couldn’t believe that he’d been made to fire McCabe.
“I’m just a simple man who just wanted to make things bad for immigrants and here I am taking away the pension of a Christian White!” he said.
“I can’t believe I’m still here,” Sessions went on. “But y’all need me right now — he’s gonna launch Robert Mueller right into space!”
Continuing on the subject of recent White House firings, Cooper brought out a surprise guest: John Goodman, reprising his role from earlier this season as (now former) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“Now the way this went down must have been pretty embarrassing for you, but you’ve been pretty gracious about your exit,” Moffat’s Cooper began. “It was widely reported that you were fired by a tweet from the president.”
“Well that’s not true,” Goodman’s Tillerson said. “John Kelly called me and asked where I was. I said, ‘Sir, that’s private.’ He said ‘Oh good, are you on the toilet? Because I got some news.’”
It was clear that Tillerson was still despondent over his embarrassing firing this week.
“One day you’re the CEO of Exon, the next day you get fired by a man who used to sell steaks in the mail,” Tillerson lamented, squeezing his water glass in anger so hard that it shattered.
Cooper also brought out two more guests: host Bill Hader as former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, and Fred Armisen reprising his role as “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff.
“Like the threads?” Scaramucci asked Cooper. “First suit made by the Olive Garden!”
Cooper asked Scaramucci and Wolff for inside information about further changes at the White House, and Wolff mentioned he was working on another boo.
“People don’t know this but Trump would line up his staff and use a laser pointer and circle their love handles every day,” Wolff said. When Cooper asked if that was actually true, Wolff shrugged and responded, “Eh.”
As Cooper was talking to his other guests, Tillerson finally lost it.
“Trump is a moron!” He shouted, laughing. “Sorry, I just blurted that one out. Feels good to say what I want. Call Jurassic Park because the Rexy is loose!”
Every ‘SNL’ Alec Baldwin Donald Trump Sketch Ranked, From Least to Most Retweetable (Photos)
We’re in for at least (probably) three more years of Donald Trump as President of the United States. That means lots of bad things and one particularly great thing: We’re in for a lot more Alec Baldwin impersonations of Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” From the often ridiculous phrases to the weird outbursts, “SNL” has captured all of it. In fact, the sketches often seem to struggle to surpass reality in terms of absurdity. But they get there. Here’s a list of every Baldwin-as-Trump “SNL” sketch, ranked from least to most hilarious, with links to the sketches.NBC
26. Trump’s Classroom Cold Open (Dec. 3, 2016)
Trump retweets ridiculous people, like a 16-year-old and a white supremacist. This one’s sadder than it is funny, though, because most of it doesn’t even require jokes. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
25. Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open (Nov. 19, 2016)
Fresh off winning the election, Trump’s completely unprepared. We already know that Mike Pence will do everything, but good effort, “SNL.” You can watch that sketch here.NBC
24. Trump’s Christmas Cold Open (Dec. 17, 2016)
Vladimir Putin and Rex Tillerson drop by Trump Tower for Christmas. This one definitely brings to mind the phrase, “No puppet, no puppet.” It’s also, perhaps, the most outright terrifying of all of these. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
23. The O’Reilly Factor with Donald Trump (April 8, 2017)
Alec Baldwin played both a scandalized Bill O’Reilly and Trump, who appeared on O’Reilly’s show to defend him. A clueless Trump is a nice addition to this one but he’s ultimately just an addition to another gag. You can watch the sketch here.NBC
22. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — Debate Three Cold Open (Oct. 22, 2016)
Trump is winning “every single poll taken outside a Cracker Barrel,” but it’s Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton who steals this one — kind of like in real life. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
21. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — Debate 1 Cold Open (Oct. 1, 2016)
The first debate really found Baldwin hitting the Trump stride. It’s mostly just him shouting “Gina” in a very insistent tone (his weird pronunciation of “China”). “Yuge Gina” gets a lot of mileage though. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
20. Trump Takes the Appeals Court to ‘The People’s Court’ (Feb. 11, 2017)
“SNL” made good on Trump’s all-caps “SEE YOU IN COURT” tweet by taking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to “The People’s Court.” But Judge Milian hassling Trump about his travel ban was a bit too short to really take off. Watch the sketch here.NBC
19. White House Christmas Cold Open (Dec. 2. 2017)
Donald Trump is visited by “the ghost of witness flipped,” Gen. Michael Flynn, but it’s Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton who steals the sketch. Watch the video here.
18. Sean Spicer Confronts Trump (May 13, 2017)
After a tough White House Press Briefing, Melissa McCarthy’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer rode his motorized podium to New York to confront Trump on lies. The pair wound up making out. Watch the sketch here.NBC
17. Donald Trump Phoenix Rally Cold Open (Aug. 24, 2016)
Trump gives a goodbye to Steve Bannon and pledges to build the Wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and make the American tax payer pay for it. Watch the sketch here.NBC
16. Trump’s People (April 8, 2017)
Trump checks in with rural white Americans after ordering an airstrike on Syria. Desperate to keep everyone happy, he promises everyone will have coal jobs for the rest of their lives and that he’ll slash minimum wage. The final joke about “finger chili” is a standout moment. Watch the sketch right here.NBC
15. Fox & Friends Cold Open (Feb. 5)
Trump called in to his favorite show, Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” for a quick pick-me-up after his State of the Union address. Trump isn’t the complete focus of this one, but when he shows up to tout the address, he gets in some good jokes — like how “people” are saying the SOTU was better than Martin Luther King’s “I Dream of Jeannie” speech. Watch the sketch here.NBC
14. VP Debate Cold Open (Oct. 8, 2o16)
Trump nabs the spotlight from the vice presidential debate and realizes he needs to be a lot more careful about talking about sexually assaulting people while wearing hot mics. Describing himself as a gross groping hurricane is hilariously cringe-worthy. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
13. Trump might have ties to Zorblat-9 as aliens invade (March 11, 2017)
Trump spoke to American troops to rally them in a battle against super-powerful space aliens. Unfortunately, Trump’s old standbys like “we don’t win anymore” and “we’re going to bring coal back” were not all that helpful. Most of the rhetoric is stuff we’ve heard before, but Leslie Jones’ and Sasheer Zamata’s moments near the end elevate the sketch. Watch the sketch here.NBC
12. White House Tree Trimming Cold Open (Dec. 16, 2017)
Joined by his family, Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, Trump decks his Christmas tree by remembering the losers in his first year as president. Watch the video here.NBC
11. Trump call with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Sept. 30, 2016)
Trump fields a call with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and reminds her that if the U.S. territory should have invested in FEMA Prime if it wanted fast hurricane relief. Watch the sketch here.NBC
10. Trump Administration sings “Hallelujah” (May 20, 2017)
The final cold open of the season references Kate McKinnon’s cold open as Hillary Clinton, making a perfect joke about Donald Trump’s week of news scandals. Scarlett Johansson even returned for a quick guest appearance to reprise her role as Ivanka Trump. Watch it here.NBC
9. Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump Cold Open (Nov. 5, 2016)
CNN doesn’t care that Trump literally kisses the FBI, Putin and the KKK, instead pestering Hillary about emails. Alec and Kate heartwarming run through Times Square is the real sweet spot of the sketch. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
8. Donald Trump gives Bannon and Kushner the ‘Apprentice’ Treatment (April 15, 2017)
After a week of reports about infighting between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, “SNL” pits the two advisers against each other in to see who will be eliminated. Spoiler alert: It’s Bannon. Watch the sketch here.NBC
7. Donald Trump Trucker Rally Did Cold Open (Oct. 14, 2017)
Baldwin’s Trump continues to make Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) walk out of things in protest, including a basketball game, a Starbucks and a gay wedding. Watch the sketch here.NBC
6. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate Cold Open (Oct. 15, 2016)
Of all the debates, the second was the funniest. Trump lurking in the background and slipping past Hillary like he’s the shark in a “Jaws” movie completely captures the awkwardness of the real event. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
5. Paul Manafort’s House Cold Open (Nov. 4, 2017)
After Robert Mueller indicts Paul Manafort, Trump offers a pardon plan: Pretend he’s a Thanksgiving turkey. Watch the video here.NBC
4. Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open (Jan. 14, 2017)
It might be the lowest-brow of the sketches, but Trump accidentally talking about urine throughout his press conference is bested only by the line, “I’m not talking about the pee-pee, because it didn’t happen and it wasn’t as cool as it sounds.” You can watch that sketch here.NBC
3. Donald Trump and Steve Bannon call world leaders (Feb. 4, 2017)
“SNL” channels two weeks of executive actions and other Trump news items to turn out a ton of jokes that channel absurdity while still finding new ways to be funny. Watch the sketch here.NBC
2. Donald Trump interview with Lester Holt (May 13, 2017)
After firing former FBI Director James Comey, Trump realized he could say just about anything with no consequences. He tried it out in an interview with Lester Holt. Watch the sketch here.NBC
1. Presidential Address (May 4, 2018)
Trump addresses the gun control debate and talks about how America is in the top 5 countries in the world — but lags behind Wakanda, the fictional African nation from the movie “Black Panther.” Watch the sketch here.NBC
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