The crying and the Trump bashing, which were sometimes the same thing, supplied the high points of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
Host Sterling K. Brown, an Emmy winner for "This Is Us," demonstrated his skill at tearing up in the amusing monologue. He said K. stands for Kathleen, and he described "This Is Us" as the saddest thing you can watch other than the news.
The NBC drama inspired "This Is U.S.," a memorable spoof of the Trump administration. Ben Carson (Brown), Sarah Sanders (Aidy Bryant) and Jared Kushner (Pete Davidson) wept through "a drama so unnerving you can't look away." Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) told the camera: "Can't cry — I have nothing in me."
The cold open was a witty variation on the "Bachelor" finale — a show not noted for its wit. Becca (Cecily Strong) was shattered to learn Special Counsel Robert Mueller (McKinnon) can't commit to getting President Donald Trump on collusion. Instead, Mueller said he was thinking about obstruction.
Becca was distraught that Trump will remain president. "So Stormy Daniels — that's nothing?" Becca asked. "It's not what I'm doing," Mueller said.
The high point of "Weekend Update" was an appearance by Trump sons Don Jr. (Mikey Day) and Eric (Alex Moffat). The latter was presented, once more, as incredibly dense figure who mimicked Don Jr.'s gestures.
Don Jr. said his father never had a relationship with a porn star. Eric added, "They just wrestled in bed."
Brown appeared just before "This Is Us" presents its second-season finale Tuesday on NBC. He is one of TV's finest dramatic actors, but he showed his comedic chops as hip-hop artist Common in a spoof of "Family Feud" featuring Oscar winners and losers. McKinnon offered a first-rate impression of Frances McDormand. Common rapped rather than answered questions.
Brown also played a doctor fascinated by a patient's love life and a boyfriend who furiously maintained that "Shrek" is the funniest animated movie. In a deleted scene from "The Black Panther," Brown was a long-dead ancestor putting up with a sassy newcomer (Kenan Thompson) to the spiritual world.
Thompson energized that sketch, just as Cecily Strong brought a wacky vibe to a moviemaking skit. She was a script supervisor reading lines mechanically to an upset star (Brown). Melissa Villaseñor was zany as a dying Nickelback fan.
"SNL" alum Vanessa Bayer returned to play Dawn Lazarus, a nonsensical meteorologist. Musical guest James Bay certainly helped his record sales. He may be remembered as much for his poses as for his singing.
This "SNL" certainly added to the show's reputation for skewing the president.
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