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SNL Relentlessly Skewers Trump White House

Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin return as Kate McKinnon rules the night

(Newser) - In tune with the new administration of alternative facts, viewers are embracing a comic alternative president. Alec Baldwin, who has scored in guest shots on Saturday Night Live with his mocking impersonation of Donald Trump since the campaign's final weeks, presided Saturday night as guest host, serving up yet... More »

The World Gets a Taste of Rosie as Steve Bannon

Courtesy of Photoshop

(Newser) - Rosie O'Donnell is already posing as Steve Bannon—on Twitter. O'Donnell, who has expressed interest in playing Donald Trump's aide on Saturday Night Live, changed her profile photo on the site Thursday to a Photoshopped image of her face on Bannon's body. It was initially shared... More »

Rosie O'Donnell to SNL: I'll Be Your Bannon

She's willing to portray top Trump aide after Spicer skit leaves White House 'rattled'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer may have laughed off Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live, but the White House is in fact "rattled," reports Politico , noting "it was Spicer's portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president's eyes." As one... More »

Spicer Has Tip for Melissa McCarthy

She 'could dial it back' a bit, he says

(Newser) - Sean Spicer got so many texts Sunday morning on his way out of church, "I thought there was either a national emergency or something really funny happened, and it turns out it was that clip from Saturday Night Live" in which Melissa McCarthy played him , the White House press... More »

SNL's Pick to Mock Sean Spicer Is a Surprise

Melissa McCarthy has some fun

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live debuted a surprise impersonator of White House spokesman Sean Spicer in its latest show: none other than Melissa McCarthy. And she most definitely did not hold back, with an angry introduction setting the tone: "I'd like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you... More »

SNL Writer Suspended Over Barron Trump Tweet

Katie Rich had joked Barron Trump would become 'homeschool shooter'

(Newser) - The Saturday Night Live writer who penned a since-deleted tweet mocking Donald Trump's 10-year-old son has been suspended from her duties on the show. Katie Rich tweeted Friday that Barron Trump "will be this country's first homeschool shooter." The tweet was swiftly condemned; Rich deleted it... More »

SNL Turns to Loving (Bare) Arms of Putin

Alec Baldwin stays home the night after Trump's inauguration

(Newser) - Both President Trump and Alec Baldwin took the night off from sparring over the latter's impersonation of the former on Saturday Night Live, but America's brand new leader didn't exactly go unscathed, reports NPR . Though Baldwin was absent, Beck Bennett as shirtless Vladimir Putin kicked things off,... More »

SNL Brings on the Pee Jokes

Beavis and Butthead Trump, Putin also stop by Trump's presser

(Newser) - The highest-profile job created by Donald Trump returned to Saturday Night Live, reports Mashable , with Alec Baldwin re-enacting the president-elect's press conference last week—and definitely, definitely not stooping to the level of making pee jokes. "I am going to bring back a thick stream of jobs back... More »

What Happens During Commercials on SNL Is Kind of Amazing

A new video provides a taste

(Newser) - It's a crucial part of Saturday Night Live most never see, and a newly released video will give fans a big appreciation of it. The video shows the set crew dismantling the stage after last week's opening skit, then hustling to reassemble it during the commercial break—they... More »

Alec Baldwin Collects $1.4K Every Time He Plays Trump

He explains his technique to the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - Donald Trump might not be a fan, but Alec Baldwin's impersonation of the president-elect is turning into a Saturday Night Live staple. In an interview, Baldwin tells the New York Times that the key to his mimicry is in the "puffs," meaning the pauses in Trump's... More »

SNL: Putin Pops Down Chimney, 'Hillary, Actually'

'Please, Mr. Trump, you are the gift'

(Newser) - The holiday season descended soundly upon Saturday Night Live, with Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump getting a surprise visitor down the chimney while Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton reappeared to make a Love, Actually-inspired cue-card plea to an unrequited love—a member of the Electoral College. After hearing a sound... More »

Trump's SNL Criticism Sparks Epic Rant

'You're embarrassing yourself,' activist tells 'pathetic' Trump

(Newser) - America isn't exactly suffering a shortage of anti-Donald Trump rants, but the one that activist Danielle Muscato fired off with 30 tweets early Sunday was epic enough to go viral. Muscato laid into Trump after he once again took to Twitter to criticize Saturday Night Live's portrayal of... More »

Baldwin to Trump: 'Release Tax Returns and I'll Stop. Ha'

President-elect takes to Twitter after again finding 'SNL' impersonation 'unwatchable'

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as Donald Trump to mock the president-elect's retweeting practices , and the Donald himself was apparently watching, because as Zach Seemayer writes at ETonline , "ignoring the existence of irony all together, he immediately jumped on Twitter to slam SNL for mocking his... More »

Baldwin's Trump: 'Google, What Is ISIS?'

Actor returns to 'SNL,' this time as the president-elect; actual Trump is unimpressed

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin made his return as the president-elect on Saturday Night Live—a week after his conspicuous absence in a muted Cold Open —and it is again safe to assume that his performance did not go over well with the future occupant of the Oval Office, reports the AP... More »

Chappelle, SNL Put Thoughtful Coda on Election

Kate McKinnon performs Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' in character as Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live called on host Dave Chappelle's wit and Kate McKinnon's "Hallelujah" for a thoughtful coda to a divisive election, reports the AP . Chappelle, claiming to be rusty after a decade out of the TV spotlight, proved eager to offer his take on Donald Trump's... More »

SNL Abruptly Drops the 'Gross' Act

Baldwin, McKinnon break character, get out the vote in final sketch before election

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live trotted out Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon a final time before the election with what of late passes for a pretty standard Cold Open , complete with Baldwin's Donald Trump kissing Vladimir Putin, an FBI agent, and a Klansman, while Cecily Strong as Erin Burnett continued... More »

SNL Nabs Dave Chappelle, A Tribe Called Quest

It seems 2016 is trying to turn itself around at the last minute

(Newser) - America cried out for good news on the final Friday before the 2016 election, and lo a single tweet answered its call. Dave Chappelle will be hosting the Nov. 12 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, Deadline reports. "It’s the Tribe y’... More »

SNL's Hot New Sketch? What Is Black Jeopardy

Some say it's the 'best sketch in recent memory'

(Newser) - SNL may have opened Saturday's show with a spoof of the latest presidential debate , but it saved its best skit for later. A black host, two black contestants, a white guy named Doug wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, get together for an episode of Black Jeopardy... More »

SNL's Trump 'Has Best Baldwin Brother, Stephen'

'Settle down, entire planet, settle down,' admonishes Tom Hanks as Chris Wallace

(Newser) - "I'm going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible," Alec Baldwin whispered in his third time out as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live . "In the past I have been big and loud, but tonight I am a sweet little baby Trump." That... More »

Stephen Baldwin: Alec's Trump Impersonation Not 'Very Funny'

We need to be taking this election seriously, he says

(Newser) - Blood is not thicker than politics, at least when it comes to Stephen Baldwin's opinion of brother Alec Baldwin's Saturday Night Live gig. Alec, of course, has been playing Donald Trump on SNL , and Stephen, an avowed Trump supporter , is not impressed. "He’s got the voice... More »

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