With satirical jabs at everything from the so-called “Bowling Green Massacre” to the travel ban on majority-Muslim countries, “Saturday Night Live” delivered one of its most hard-hitting, hilarious and ambitious episodes this weekend in a show revolving around President Trump’s first two weeks in office.
Players and guests Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin riffed on the Mexican wall, the president’s disastrous phone calls with world leaders, his obsession with “Celebrity Apprentice” ratings and the influence of chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon — chaotic and seemingly made-for-comedy events that have marked the debut of Trump’s newest public role, POTUS.
Saturday’s had to be the commander in chief’s least favorite episode since Baldwin began lampooning his debate performances more than a year ago. (Awaiting his reaction tweet now.) From its cold opening in the Oval Office to a monologue by Stewart reading Trump’s litany of real tweets about her former relationship with “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson.
But it was surprise guest Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in a skit about the administration’s contentious relationship with the news media, that made the evening one of “SNL’s” best since it began satirizing the new president and his Cabinet.