‘SNL’ skew­ers White House with Bald­win as Trump

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY FRA­ZIER MOORE

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 of the NBC com­edy show, serv­ing up yet an­other Trump mas­quer­ade.

In his spoof, Pres­i­dent Trump made good on a tweeted vow to “see you in court” di­rected at the three Ninth Cir­cuit fed­eral judges who last week re­fused to lift a stay preventing his im­mi­gra­tion ban from be­ing en­forced.

His cho­sen venue: “The Peo­ple’s Court,” where he was su­ing the three judges.

“I’m right, they’re wrong,” Trump erupted. “I want the travel ban re­in­stated. I also want $725.”

Then, as a char­ac­ter wit­ness, he brought in Rus­sian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin (Beck Ben­nett), who praised Trump as “my lit­tle Amer­i­can Happy Meal.”

In an­other sketch, Bald­win, mak­ing his record 17th “SNL” host­ing ap­pear­ance, took so­cial rel­e­vance to an out­ra­geous level as an ad man brain­storm­ing a Chee­tos com­mer­cial for the Su­per Bowl. In an­other, he was an ob­ste­tri­cian ex­am­in­ing Bey­once, preg­nant with twins (played by a chatty Ke­nan Thomp­son and sur­prise guest Tracey Mor­gan).

But while Bald­win was the draw­ing card for view­ers seek­ing po­lit­i­cal satire, the night be­longed to ul­tra-versatile “SNL” cast mem­ber Kate McKin­non.

On “Week­end Up­date,” she de­picted Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, who last week was si­lenced by Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell in the midst of fi­nal de­bate over the con­fir­ma­tion of Jeff Ses­sions, Trump’s nom­i­nee for at­tor­ney gen­eral.

Also in the show, McKin­non was al­most un­rec­og­niz­able as newly sworn-in Ses­sions him­self, played as drawl­ing, corn­pone and ghoul­ish.

And in yet an­other sketch, she en­cored her crowd-pleas­ing lam­poon of White House coun­sel­lor Kellyanne Con­way, who this time was a crazed stalker pur­su­ing CNN an­chor Jake Tap­per (Ben­nett).

Open­ing the show, Melissa McCarthy was back with the por­trayal of hot-tem­pered White House Press Sec­re­tary Sean Spicer that wowed view­ers on last week’s show.

“I said that wrong when I said it,” ”Spicer“seethed when asked about a con­fus­ing re­mark. ”Then you wrote it. Which makes YOU wrong.“

Fi­nally, los­ing all con­trol, she mowed down the press corps on her mo­tor­ized podium.

Alec Bald­win

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