Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening this week with “Saturday Night Live”
“SNL” is back, now deep into its 46th season. The most recent new episode, which aired on Feb. 27, was hosted by Nick Jonas, who also acted as the musical guest. The cold open sketch saw cast member Aidy Bryant once again dress up as Ted Cruz for a game show in which contestants win the COVID-19 vaccine.
Since Donald Trump lost the election and is now all the way out of office, Alec Baldwin very well might be done playing Trump. He hasn’t appeared since the episode immediately after the election in November — he held up a little “Thank you” sign at the end of it.
But with Trump’s impeachment trial over — and once again making some TV appearances and speeches — it seems like it’s certainly possible he could pop back up on “SNL” at some point.
This week, on Saturday, March 27, there WILL be a new episode of “SNL.” After taking off the first three weeks of March — much needed after five straight episodes to start the new year — “SNL” is finally back with a new one.
This week’s new episode will be hosted by former “SNL” cast member Maya Rudolph, with Jack Harlow as the musical guest. So this should be the rare occasion that we see a host in the cold open sketch, as Rudolph will almost certainly be doing her Kamala Harris impression.
The big question, though, is whether she’ll be bringing a Joe Biden with her. Cast member Alex Moffat was last to play Biden, but that was all the way back in December so anything is possible.
You can be pretty sure this season of “SNL” be very political for the full stretch. While it’s not an election year anymore, somehow the tense political situation in the U.S. managed to ramp up from the fever pitch early in 2021, thanks to the mob of terrorists who invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “SNL” will, as it always does, follow the discourse.
And, well, it’s tough to pass up having Aidy Bryant play Ted Cruz as often as possible, which the show keeps doing.
Perhaps the biggest splash of season 46 was the addition of Jim Carrey as the show’s resident celebrity Joe Biden during the election cycle. But Carrey dropped out of the role after Trump lost, and “SNL” revealed its new Biden just before the holiday hiatus: cast member Alex Moffat. Moffat has not made any appearances as Biden since — no one has — so it’s not clear if they’ll stick with him.
The premiere episode came out hard with political commentary, with the debate cold open, a very political monologue from Chris Rock, and a stunned discussion of Trump’s COVID-19 infection from Michael Che on Weekend Update.
And “SNL” hasn’t slowed down with its political content, with each cold open in season 46 being about the election, its aftermath or, as we saw in the last episode, the COVID-19 vaccine. After that debate sketch in the premiere, we got two other debate sketches, one for the VP candidates and one other for the presidential candidates, as well as one about the dueling town halls from when Trump was infected with COVID-19 and refused to submit to safety measures.
The show’s writers were obviously pleased with the election results as well — the cold open sketch in the episode after Election Day was certainly celebratory. That sketch also parodied the episode after the 2016 election in which Kate McKinnon took the stage as Hillary Clinton and played piano while singing “Hallelujah” — this time, Baldwin, as Trump, performed a mournful version of “Macho Man.”
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