SNL returns with host Louis CK, plus Alec Baldwin doing Trump & Bill O’Reilly


Saturday Night Live finally returned after several weeks off, and guess who came out for two very special impressions? That’s right, Alec Baldwin! Louis CK was actually the host, but I guess every SNL host has to deal with the fact (at this point) that people are tuning in for the political coverage and Alec Baldwin. Here’s the cold open, where “Trump” meets some of the people who voted for him. This is 100% accurate.

Louis CK’s monologue was strangely apolitical. While Louis isn’t an intense political comedian, he does a lot of political stuff in his stand-up and I find it strange that he didn’t even touch the current political situation. Like, even Kristen Stewart devoted her opening monologue to political stuff!

Baldwin came back to do double-duty as both Trump and Bill O’Reilly. This is almost NOT funny because it’s SO dead-on.

Here’s the excellent skit about the Kendall Jenner-Pepsi commercial. I’m glad they didn’t do just a flat-out spoof, this works so well. I love the part at the end with Cecily Strong as Kendall!

Here’s the opening part of Weekend Update.

Kate McKinnon doing a bit about the Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust… OMG.

This one is kind of mean? Like, they’re making fun of internet justice-warriors and people who only contribute to the discussion by sharing articles and retweeting.


Screencaps courtesy of SNL.

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  1. Esmom says:

    “It’s like finding a finger in your chili but you still eat it because you told people how much you like chili.” LMAO.

    And yeah I agree the internet justice warrior skit was kinda mean. I think I’m more bugged by people sharing vapid sh%t and their meals and perfect family moments than I am about the people who share political stuff on social media. At least they aren’t totally oblivious. I don’t know.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I think I know what you mean about the people sharing vapid sh%t. I wonder whether they are willfully oblivious, stupidly oblivious, using vapidity as a coping mechanism, or somehow trying to “cheer everyone up” with some sort of empty “see, life goes on!” meta message.

      All I can hope is that if people go quiet on social media it’s because they’re calling, protesting, organizing in the real world. (Me, I’m in Canada, so I make a lot of calls.)

      In terms of petitions, I’d think half the time people don’t know who posted the petition or how it will be used. It seems to be a way for small outfits to collect email addresses to hit up for contributions later.

      Also, people, stop taking those Facebook personality quizzes. Those sites are collecting information for future political message targeting.

      • bleu_moon says:

        Yes, please stop taking FB quizzes! Cambridge Analytica used a lot of that data to micro-target ads for Trump during the election. Besides, do you really care what character you’d be on Friends?

      • Megan says:

        I get my news from plenty of sources. When I go to Facebook, I want to read about what is happening in the lives of my friends and family.

      • Esmom says:

        Megan, I hear you. FB should definitely not be someone’s main news source — I think that’s how we ended up with Trump as POTUS. I also like seeing what’s up with people. Right now lots of friends are posting about where their kids chose to go to college, which is fun to see. But I am not excited to see the divorcee’s daily soft porn, “hot guy” photos that she posts. Today’s was of some naked guy in bed with a pizza over his crotch and her note was something like “Mmm, pizza.” And meanwhile our democracy hangs in the balance…that’s the kind of jarring dissonance that bugs me.

        bleu-moon, yes. Those quizzes are stupid and I always had a feeling there had to be a catch of some sort with them, despite how innocuous they might seem.

        WATP, petitions tend to bug me, too. I saw firsthand how an online petition did nothing to help an issue that came up with our library. In fact I think it hurt it — seeing people so passionately against an idea that the crappy board came up with only made them did their heels in deeper, kinda like Trump supporters.

      • Megan says:

        @esmom I am as traumatized as anyone about Trump, but that doesn’t mean I am going to stop living my life or expect others to. Life does go on and, if it didn’t I would lose my damn mind.

    • bleu_moon says:

      I think that Internet SJW skit is part of the problem on the left. It’s a little “purity test” to me and we on the left need to stop that rubbish. I worry people start thinking they shouldn’t bother if they’re not going to be marching or protesting. Everyone starts somewhere. So they start posting on FB and maybe one day start signing petitions, and then they decide to make a few phone calls. That’s fabulous. We shouldn’t be discouraging people new to politics from getting interested. Even if they never take that next step they’re aware of the issues. Hopefully they use what they’ve learned and posted on FB to the elections in 2018. I’ll be happy with that.

      • original kay says:

        Exactly. At the very least they have facts and knowledge, and can speak to that.

        Being aware of the issues translates into voting with knowledge, and that is no small feat.

      • Turtle says:

        YES. Great comment. It can be aggravating, but at least they’re making an effort to be engaged in the issues and channeling their frustration.

  2. Shambles says:

    It wasn’t that funny. The weekend update bit on the Ronaldo bust was the funniest part. Kind of disappointing after such a long hiatus and so much material to work with.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Agreed. I also think this weekend was the wrong time to come back. Too many other news items of interest on cable news especially the airstrikes on Syria. In the last 3 weeks, there was public hunger to vent by see SNL’s take on things-they missed the boat.

    • Hazel says:

      Shambles: funny how people see things. I thought Baldwin was a tour de force & laughed out loud at the news update, but didn’t even finish the Ronaldo bust segment. Didn’t find that funny at all. Go figure!

  3. Lolo86lf says:

    I think the Pepsi ad skit was the best. I felt sorry for Kendall Jenner. She did not deserve the commercial exploding in her face like that. She is a good kid.

    • Hannah says:

      Its not about being good or bad. Its about being awake.

    • SusanneToo says:

      How could even the dumbest person not see that there was something wrong with that commercial? How did it get through the PR vetting process? Are we back in the days of Don Draper?

      • Lolo86lf says:

        You rest assured advertisement companies everywhere will be very careful in using such touchy social issues when they try to promote their products in the future.

      • SusanneToo says:

        Actually, I have no doubt that somewhere down the line they’ll screw up again.
        And Kendall Jenner is not eight years old. She should have had the sense to decline.

      • Lolo86lf says:

        @Susanne Too: How come Kendall’s mom being such a great momager did not see it coming. I do feel bad for Kendall because out of all of the Kardashian sisters she is the most respectable.

      • SusanneToo says:

        PimpMamaKris just sees dollar signs, but I do agree Kendall seems rather benign for that grifting family.

    • Aren says:

      Don’t feel bad, the ad was a success, the fake controversy succeeded in giving fame and millions to both parts.

    • Scout says:

      LoL, Kendall is trash just like the rest of her family.

  4. nemera34 says:

    I think Alec should do Bill.. He really did resemble him more than I could have imagined.. I haven’t watched the show yet.. so I’ll do that before commenting on the material

    • misery chick says:

      @ NEMERAH34- Alec’s Bill O’Reilly was so stunningly real, it was scary-his voice intonations, expressions, his eyes, and that damned SMUGNESS and CONDESCENSION-arrrrrrrrgh. Brilliant.

      As with the Trump answering his supporters questions, I couldn’t really laugh; too painful, too real 😭

      @ Kaiser-ITA 1,000% that SNL missed the boat, blew the opportunities that I was expecting, yearning for.

      Happy Sunday, fellow CB’s! If you can, try to get out and get some sun 😎

      • nemera34 says:

        I saw that one about the Trump supporters. And that was real. But I don’t feel sorry for them at all. They should have done some research and actually LISTENED to the man they voted for. They are getting what they actually voted for.

      • misery chick says:

        @ NEMERAH34- my very best friend of 40+ years voted for drumpf 😠😠😠😠😠😁😠😠.
        We have agreed to disagree as we won’t even broach the ramifications with each other.

        There’s no way she even listened to him, she just kept living in her denial bubble and voted exactly like her husband 😒 She mentioned the other day that “of course affordable health care is a right for everyone, no question” and that “OF COURSE everyone will have health insurance (under drumpf)”


        My 82’yo dear Aunt voted for drumf also; not only does she watch Faux news, is an avid reader of the National Enquirer, which not only glorified drumpf, but demonized Hilary, Barack and Michelle.

        I feel ashamed that I can’t even imagine speaking to my bff and aunt about something that has my stomach in knots and my heart in my throat every damn day. They’re BOTH intelligent and caring people, yet how smart can you be if you’re listening to what he’s actually SAYING and don’t think it will affect you too?!?! I used to live in denial a lot, but this shite woke me up forever.

        In a sense I don’t feel sorry for them, and all of the other asses who voted for him, as their ignorance will affect MY health insurance and MY newly acquired Social Security Disability benefits. But I love these two ignorant souls.

  5. Elisa the I. says:

    “He has a stroke while saying cheese!”
    Perfect description of the Ronaldo bust. 😉
    The other clips are not that funny, though. I guess because reality is so absurd already…

  6. bleu_moon says:

    I love Kate McKinnon. The Ronaldo sketch was hilarious.

  7. MrsPanda says:

    Is it just me, or is Louis CK not funny at all? I’ve not seen much of him but everything I’ve seen has sucked. Kate McKinnon was great as always!

    • nemera34 says:

      I thought some of his stuff on the show was funny. Kate is perfection always.

    • O_o_odesa says:

      It’s not just you, I don’t find him funny either. I keep giving his act chances but it’s just not for me.

  8. Katie says:

    Louis is aging well!

  9. poppy says:

    L CK did not touch politics in his Netflix stand up, barely made mention in passing without naming names, so not surprised he didn’t go there for his snl monologue. disappointing but not surprising.

    tears laughing so hard at the rinaldo bit. it went a bit too long but jesus so ef-ing funny -especially the eyes loving each other they want to be together. the bust is highanus fug.
    needing the laughs so very much these days, tyvm kate.

    baldwin was scarily excellent as oreilly.

  10. Angelica says:

    Idk, I liked C.K.’S monologue. I love it when comics or hosts mock our current situation but it’s nice to not have to hear about it once in a while.