SNL Kristen Stewart

SNL Highlights: Kristen Stewart's Sexy Totino's Ad, Trump Cold Open and More

Kristen Stewart’s accidental F-bomb turned out to be anything but a bad omen for the first-time Saturday Night Live host.

The Twilight alum managed to hold her own in an episode that also featured Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump in his first appearance since the inauguration (as seen below), and the unforgettable introduction of Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Sure, we’ll all be talking about McCarthy’s cameo for weeks — possibly months (or years!), but the installment was a veritable embarrassment of comedy riches.

Herewith are a few additional gems:

Having not portrayed Trump in nearly a month, Baldwin and the Powers That Be certainly had plenty of material to choose from. Ultimately, though, the show mocked POTUS for his recent string of phone calls to foreign leaders, including Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who he attempted to trick into paying for the wall by asking for a credit card number in exchange for a free cruise.

What began as an instructional video about “what is expected, and what is required to pass through U.S. Customs” turned into a terrific satire on Trump’s Muslim ban, with portions “recently edited” to show how it wouldn’t be quite so easy for people from “Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and maybe Australia” to enter the United States. “Effective immediately, all visitors will be subject to extreme vetting procedures, including a highly detailed questionnaire,” Beck Bennett informed viewers, portraying an employee of the Department of Homeland Security. “You’ll also need fingerprints, blood sample, urine sample, stool sample… and you will be required to eat a hot dog in front of us.”

Vanessa Bayer and Stewart were particularly great in this latest Totino’s ad, which finds Bayer’s nameless character falling for the seductive Sabine (Stewart), who somehow made her forget all about feeding her “hungry guys.” And while the men were distracted by the game, Bayer’s character tenderly embraced Sabine, sketched her eating one of those scrumptious pizza rolls, and made out with her on a counter, all while suddenly speaking French. It was extremely bizarre — and oh so perfect.

After Kenan Thompson’s Steve Harvey touted his Trump tie (“Ties so long they put a little tickle in your pickle!”), the sketch — as always — introduced a number of amusing impressions, including Stewart’s Gisele Bündchen, Alex Moffat’s Casey Affleck, Melissa Villaseñor’s Lady Gaga and the return of Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber. (Leslie Jones’ Samuel L. Jackson, on the other hand, could use a little work.)

What were your favorite sketches of the night? And what missed the mark? Grade the episode via our poll, then hit the comments and make your picks.

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  1. George says:

    Such a great episode. I was cracking up the whole time. Never thought an episode with Kristen Stewart hosting would be one of the strongest this year. Also no mention of big pappi on weekend update and how the guys were messing up their lines left and right. I found that super funny.

  2. Nick says:

    Melissa McCarthy was comedy GOLD! Unlike other guest and even some cast members she never appeared to be reading off cue cards and didn’t flub one rapid fire line. It was spot on hilarious. Sadly Weekend update continues to disappoint. Trump is their crutch for that segment and most of the jokes fall flat. Michael Che is just horrible … at least Colin Jost has gotten better over time but he’s no sunny day at the beach either. With Baldwin & McCarthy bits already in the show it becomes Trump overload when most of Update is lame jokes about DJT too.

  3. hbeachman says:

    I thought this was one of the better-written (sketch-wise) shows in a while and Kristen came across as one of the better hosts this season. Two nitpicks though: Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer devolved into the stupid physical bit of repeatedly shoving “his” lectern into reporters he didn’t like. And the last sketch of the night was weak. The premise of revisiting Charlie & The Chocolate Factory was promising but would’ve been better if they actually went to the factory–especially if they encountered Alec Baldwin’s oompa loompa-colored Donald Trump!

  4. Bill says:

    Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer was one of the funniest things I have seen. No flubs, no hesitation, just amazing.

  5. Kevin says:

    I give the Kristen Stewart episode of SNL an A. One of the best this season and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer was one of the best moments from the episode. So excited next week when Alec Baldwin returns for a historic Saturday night.

  6. Aeol says:

    K Stew is alright for me as a person and actress, but I personally found her excruciating in this episode. Perhaps with the exception of the Totino’s sketch, I just didn’t feel like she rose to the occasion and the regular and guest stars completely outshone her. Says a lot when my favorite sketches don’t even feature the host.
    and as one of the few people in the world who actually likes Che and Jost, my god they infuriated me last night. Total amateur hour.

  7. Kim R says:

    Melissa McCarthy……mic drop.

  8. will drake says:

    Weekend Update use to be one of the consistently better parts of SNL but has devolved into one of the worse. If the skits within the skits becomes (what seems to be) longer than the news jabs then there isn’t enough news to make fun of or they have nowhere else to put the cast members who weren’t included in other skits.

  9. Cori says:

    That was the best episode of SNL in a long time. I didn’t expect to love an episode with Kristen Stewart as the host, but the sketches were clever and well- written and she was actually a decent host.

  10. Ally Oop says:

    This was the first episode Ive watched in a long time because we were at my in-laws and they watch it and wow, I actually laughed a lot in this one. It was great.

  11. knd says:

    Melissa McCarthy FTW!

  12. JaneC says:

    It was a fantastic episode because of the cast, in my opinion. Stewart was good in her pretaped segments; she was completely outshined by the cast and Melissa McCarthy. I really hope they bring MM back!!

    • Patrick says:

      The show often runs into trouble when the host is unwilling to fade into the background. The hosts strength is always going to be the “straight man” who sets up the jokes for the actual funny people around them.

  13. Carrie says:

    I wasn’t expecting much with Kristen Stewart as host, but she did well and the entire episode was hilarious. They were really on their game.

  14. A. S. says:

    Kirsten Stewart >>>>>> Melissa McCarthy. Don’t know why everyone is talking about the Sean Spice stuff if everything with Kirsten was so much better. McCarthy is so extremly overrated.

  15. Carrie says:

    Was pleasantly surprised with K.Stew, thought she did a great job and loved seeing her actually enjoying herself. While Leslie Jones was no where close to a true Samuel L. Jackson, I still totally cracked up at her (non) answer and watching her and Kate McKinnon teeter on the edge of Breaking ..