Update with video Well, spoke too soon. With Aidy Bryant doing a spot-on Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer quickly and brashly took his rightful place at the podium, sputtering, berating and using Russian nesting dolls for a visual aid. Riled by reporters’ questions, Spicey embarked on a (pre-taped) podium road trip to confront his boss about being fired – all to the tune of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Only Living Boy In New York” and finally sharing the stage (and a big kiss) with Alec Baldwin’s Trump. That should really get the “Fire Colbert” folks going. (Watch the Spicer sketch above, and the Trump cold open below).
Previous Maybe Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer was hiding in the bushes somewhere. Tonight’s Saturday Night Live‘s cold open went to Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, interviewed by Michael Che’s Lester Holt – or as Trump called him, Jazzman, O.J, Kenan and Tupac.
The first blast of the show’s satire went to Trump’s axing of FBI Director James Comey. “I fired him because of Russia,” Trump/Baldwin said. “I thought, he’s investigating Russia, I don’t like that, I should fire him.”
Responded a stunned Holt, “Did I get him? It’s all over?” Then, “No, I didn’t. Nothing matters.”
Enter Mikey Day’s Paul Ryan, delivering ice cream, and a defiant Trump making a Nixon-esque two-handed Victory salute – for two scoops.
So who will replace Comey? “I can promise you, whoever I choose is going to be so bonkers you’re going to wish like hell it was Judge Judy.” Trump said. Asked about how that would look, Trump said, “Think I care about optics? I sit in every chair like it’s a toilet.”
Melissa McCarthy, hosting for the fifth time, no doubt will appear as Spicey later in the show. Yesterday, she was spotted riding her podium through midtown Manhattan.
During her opening monologue tonight, she gave a lucky mother a backstage tour, running into Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
Here’s the cold open: