30 September 2019 - SNL premiere goes heavy on Trump impeachment
'SNL' has Baldwin's Trump making phone calls to talk impeachment
Frank Pallotta (CNN Business, 29/09/2019)
The 45th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" returned after a week of wild news -- and the show's cold open wasted no time in mocking President Donald Trump's impeachment troubles.
The show opened with Alec Baldwin reprising Trump as he scrambled to call advisers after the House formally announced an impeachment inquiry into the president this week.
"I'm being impeached! It's the greatest presidential harassment of all time," Baldwin's Trump told Rudy Giuliani, who was played by Kate McKinnon, over the phone. "I would know. I'm like the president of harassment."
Woody Harrelson-Hosted 'SNL' Premiere Goes Heavy on Trump Impeachment
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya (The Hollywood Reporter, 28/09/2019)
Woody Harrelson hosted Saturday Night Live’s 45th season premiere episode and addressed climate change in his monologue as well as immigration, including taking a jab at Melania Trump. He also took off his tux to reveal a silk pajama set underneath.
In addition to playing Joe Biden in a political sketch, Harrelson starred in a skit about the family that owns the world’s biggest Cheeto. Aidy Bryant played his wife, and Mikey Day played his son.
Woody Harrelson Calls Melania Sole Immigrant Who Watches Fox In Quirky ‘SNL’ Monologue
Mary Papenfuss (The Huffington Post, 29/09/2019)
“Saturday Night Live” host Woody Harrelson skewered fashion and spoke up for immigrants in what initially appeared to be an anti-PC monologue — but ended up turning that trope on its head.
He joked that he was now considered a “fashionista” after years of often looking like a slob. Harrelson said he had always thought it was more important to focus on serious issues like “the ice is melting; the Amazon is burning; our water, food and air are polluted.”
Saturday Night Live: Baldwin’s Trump as inescapable as the man himself
Zach Vasquez (The Guardian, 29/09/2019)
Saturday Night Live kicks off its 45th season in the Oval Office. Facing impeachment and “the greatest presidential harassment of all time,” Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin, putting to bed rumors he was done playing the role) sits up late and commiserates over the phone with his inner circle – blabbermouth Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), recalcitrant attorney general William Barr (Aidy Bryant), perfect fall guy Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), and his doofus sons (Mikey Day and Alex Moffat).
Growing more desperate, he reaches out to various outlier allies, including Kim Jong-un (new featured player Bowen Yang), Fox News mouthpiece Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) and his “urbans”, Kanye West (Chris Redd) and Don King (Keenan Thompson), who, on behalf of the “black wackadoo” contingent, have decided to drop their support. The sketch peters out after Trump calls Liev Schreiber, confusing him for the underworld fixer he plays on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.