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The cold open of the latest installment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live took on the issue of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but without Alec Baldwin impersonating Trump this time.
Castmember Beck Bennett reprised his role as Vice President Mike Pence, who was trying to figure out what to do in the face of impeachment.
SNL‘s Kate McKinnon returned with her impression of Rudy Giuliani, at one point suggesting that the administration bring Pizzagate back into play or perpetuate some other conspiracy theory as a distraction. McKinnon’s Giuliani later donned clown makeup similar to Joaquin Phoenix’s character in the new pic Joker, saying it was necessary when going on camera for interviews.
Matthew Broderick surprised SNL’s audience by making a cameo as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, prompting jokes about the high turnover in the Trump administration.
“The only original cabinet member left is Ben Carson,” Aidy Bryant said in the cold open. Kenan Thompson’s Carson entered and asked if anyone could remember the password to his computer.
“Impeachment happens pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around, you might miss it,” Broderick’s Pompeo said in a reference to the actor’s 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Trump advisor Stephen Miller also appeared in snake form.
Emmy-winning Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was the host of this week’s SNL episode, with Taylor Swift performing as musical guest.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster