10:05pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Sandra Oh Hosts 'SNL' Episode Focused on the Mueller Report
Sandra Oh hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live for the first time over the weekend, one week ahead of the return of her standout thriller series Killing Eve. During her monologue, the actress poked fun at her inability to accept compliments as a Canadian and got some tips on how to brag about herself from SNL castmember Leslie Jones. Her episode frequently touched on Robert Mueller’s report on Trump and Russia, starting with the cold open, which featured Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin.
A political sketch showing Vladimir Putin, played by Beck Bennett, reacting to news of Robert Mueller’s report on President Donald Trump coming out. SNL writer Bowen Yang played Kim Jong Un, and Oh was his interpreter. The sketch ended with Bennett ripping his shirt off.
In addition to playing Jussie Smollett’s manager in a sketch about the Empire actor’s ongoing scandal, Oh also played Tishy, the vulgar future girlfriend of a guy glimpsing his future life. As Tishy, Oh got to show off some dance moves.
A digital short featured Oh in a period drama about two men in a duel who kept accidentally shooting her. Another digital short starred Oh and several of the women from the SNL cast dramatically signing checks.
Oh also appeared in a sketch in which an old woman played by Kate McKinnon kept trying to get her co-workers to kiss each other as her birthday present. She also played a schoolteacher in a sketch that riffed on teen dramas.
The "Weekend Update" segment included several jokes about the Mueller report, with Michael Che remarking that he couldn’t believe that he thought the FBI was going to lock up the sitting president just for being guilty. Cecily Strong also reprised her impression of Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, who was recently suspended for her Islamophobic comments about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. “The report concludes that the president is 35 years old and 175 pounds. He’s got the rugged good looks of Bradley Cooper,” she said.