If you were to describe this week’s impeachment hearings to someone not following politics, there’s a good chance that person would laugh in your face and say, “Nice try, but you’re obviously describing a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch.” Consider the fact that the week’s testimony even included some surprise celebrity guests, with the names A$AP Rocky, Jay Leno and Kim Kardashian West all popping up.
With that in mind, SNL faced what has become an increasingly common challenge during the past few years: How do you satirize a reality that’s so unrealistic it already feels like satire? Last week, the show highlighted our political reality’s ridiculousness by placing it in the context of something even more ridiculous: a soap opera. By reimagining the impeachment hearings as “Days of Our Impeachment,” the show managed to recreate actual moments from the hearings with the addition of swelling music or character fainting upon hearing the president was tweeting. The setup also allowed for insane moments that didn’t occur, such as Melissa Villaseñor’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) swinging by to make out with Jon Hamm’s top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, William B. Taylor Jr.
This week, the show took a creative step back by skipping the actual hearings entirely and instead focusing on Trump himself. Back in the fray was Alec Baldwin — the very one who has supposedly retired the role several times — and his tired Trump impersonation.