This week SNL skewered Morning Joe in the cold open with a little help from Bill Murray playing Steve Bannon and Fred Armisen playing Michael Wolff.
Saturday Night Live returned this weekend with their first show of 2018. And it was as hilarious as ever.
SNL opened the show with a skit about MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Kate McKinnon played Mika Brzezinski and Alex Moffat played Joe Scarborough. And Fred Armisen returned to play Michael Wolff, the author of the new book Fire and Fury.
Before this week, Steve Bannon has always been played by the Grim Reaper. But, Saturday night, the Grim Reaper was revealed as SNL alum Bill Murray.
“I convinced this country to elect Donald, and I can do it again,” Murray’s Bannon said. “Already auditioning candidates, got some prospects: Logan Paul, Martin Shkreli, the Subway guy, Jared Fogle, he’s back, he’s electable, it’s time for America to slide down the ‘Bannonster.’”
Later, McKinnon’s Mika says, “The America we loved is over, and no one is coming to save us, and no one can.”
Then they cut away to Oprah, played by Leslie Jones, who shouts, “I’m here!”
When Scarborough asks Oprah if she’s running in 2020, she says,
“Well, I am a celebrity, so I’m qualified. But I’m different from Donald Trump because I’m actually a billionaire. So who knows? I mean, there’s only one job in the world more powerful than being president: being Oprah!”
Weekend Update was also great this week. (Video below) Colin Jost and Michael Che took on Trump’s racist “shithole” comments. Jost uses the term “s-hole” then he says, “That’s what NBC asked us to say, by the way, ‘s-hole’ even though the president can say ‘shithole.’ Oops.”
Here’s the Cold Open:
And Weekend Update: