Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017|6 a.m.
New York City– The brand-new season of “Saturday Night Live” lost no time getting topical– or buffooning Donald Trump– with an opening sketch that featured Alec Baldwin skewering the president for his action to the cyclone that devastated Puerto Rico, threatening Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ job and mentioning his stand-off with the NFL.
“It’s all part of the strategy. The more chaos I trigger, the less people can focus,” Baldwin joked as Trump, wearing golf clothing in the Oval Workplace. “Let’s keep the chaos coming.”
In the sketch, Baldwin’s Trump was unclear that Puerto Rico was an American area, hung up on the mayor of San Juan, put Sessions playfully on his lap and confessed he liked football. “People state I advise them of an NFL player since I’m combative, I like to win and I may have a degenerative brain illness,” Baldwin stated. His Trump said he rewards loyalty but then ends the sketch palling around with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.
Trump was also a target on the program’s “Weekend Update,” with Colin Jost pointing out that hip-hop artist Pitbull was sending a personal airplane to help victims in Puerto Rico. “How is the president of the United States even worse at humanitarian help than Pitbull?”
Michael Che likewise got into the act: “This isn’t really that complicated, male. It’s cyclone relief. These people require aid. You simply did this for white individuals twice. Do the exact same thing. Tell Melania to put on her flood heels.”
Musical guest Jay-Z had his own political declaration when he used Colin Kaepernick’s jersey number, a nod to the football gamer’s choice to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” last season. Those were the only topical moments.
The comedy program wants to build off one of its most-watched seasons in more than twenty years thanks to Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy’s look as previous White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Both stars recently won Emmys for their work, as did Kate McKinnon, who played Hillary Clinton on the show, and on Saturday played Sessions and Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany.
Ryan Gosling was the host and in his opening monologue, which Emma Stone signed up with, made fun of himself as the guy “who saved jazz,” riffing off his role in “La La Land.” Gosling featured in some unusual sketches, consisting of romancing a chicken, overreacting to a restaurant menu switch, playing a flute player in a bar and a man obsessed with the font style on the “Avatar” poster.
In the offseason, “Saturday Night Live” saw the departure of cast members Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan and Sasheer Zamata. Those staying also consist of Cecily Strong, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson.