SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Alec Baldwin" Episode 1718 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Moffat as Eric Trump, host Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the "Trump People's Court" sketch on February 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)

Alec Baldwin Hosts SNL: Trump Visits People's Court, Bey's Babies and More

Saturday Night Live host Alec Baldwin may have forfeited the cold open to make room for Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer, but his Donald Trump was still front and center in one of the best sketches of the night.

After press secretary “Old Spicey” declared that Trump would take the judges who blocked his travel ban to The People’s Court, the Commander in Chief did just that — with sons Eric and Donald Jr., as well as grim reaper Steve Bannon, cheering him on, and Vladimir Putin serving as a character witness for his “little American happy meal.”

The People’s Court sketch also paved the way for a terrific pre-taped short, which not only found Leslie Jones making her case to replace Baldwin as Trump, but followed up on her alleged relationship with Kyle Mooney.

Baldwin’s 17th turn as host featured a number of other highlights — including an appearance by his former 30 Rock costar (and SNL alum) Tracy Morgan — as seen below.

JAKE TAPPER
After Tapper refused to have Kellyanne Conway on his show in the wake of literally incredible comments, Trump’s advisor was willing to do anything to get back on the airwaves. This led to a Fatal Attraction spoof which found her at Tapper’s home uninvited:

BEYONCÉ’S BABIES
Morgan turned up as one of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s unborn twins, who could sense he was different from other babies. (Bey’s womb includes a recording studio, after all.) He also got in a zinger about how Mom once carried “two full-grown ladies for 10 years, named Michelle and Kelly.”

PITCH MEETING
Baldwin and Aidy Bryant played admen whose progressive ideas for Cheetos included an anti-border wall message and a transgender Chester the Cheetah, who would now go by the name “Danielle.”

RUSSELL STOVER
The classic, heart-shaped box of Valentine’s Day chocolates got a Black History Month upgrade in this oh-so-wrong commercial parody, which featured the MLK Jr.-inspired “I Have A Cream.”

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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17 Comments
  1. Cobra says:

    SNL has actually been good again for the first time in years, mainly because the comedy is just writing itself.

    • Chris Farley says:

      Remember when SNL was funny? Remember when it used to be a live comedy show filled with comedians that made people from all walks of life laugh at ourselves instead a hodge podge lineup of wannabe political activists trying to impress the hollywood elite by seeing who can come up with the most liberally correct “joke” of the evening? This used to be my favorite show in the world. But if i wanted to hear more one sided political rhetoric Id tune in to Oberman or Hannity.
      Alec Baldwin & other FUNNY guests is the only thing keeping this show on air at this point, cause the cast & crew/writers are cringe inducingly embarrassing with their “comedy sketches”.

      • Chris Farley's brother says:

        Ah no! You may be a super conservative or just not enjoy their send up of this administration and claim they have a liberal bias (which I think they do) but one thing you can’t claim is that this is new! They took on Bush snr, Clinton, Bush etc and Chevy Chases Gerald Ford was so iconic some people suspected it affected the public perception of him. I get that you might be a Trump fan and not enjoy this but to claim this is new is just…bizarre. Check out former head writer Jim Downey who said from the 80’s Snl was too left leaning or Dennis Miller has been criticising the show on this for years. I can accept that SNL doesn’t always call out the left as much as the right when it should but to claim this is a new phenomena just for Trump is well an alternative fact I guess!

        • robert colontonio says:

          the problem with the people who whine about SNL being too hard on Trump is that they clearly have no idea of the history of SNL. It started out as political satire with Chase’s Ford and Aykroyds Nixon. These people need to go back and watch some old SNL before they make ridiculous comments.

      • Whovian says:

        You have obviously watching some other comedy troupe. SNL has always been equal opportunity satire. Just because Trump & Co has been making it easy doesn’t mean they are one sided.

      • S says:

        SNL’s been political for a long time (and it’s mocked both sides and had both sides as guests, you just only remember the stuff that made you want a safe space). If it was your “favorite show in the world” and you didn’t appreciate that, I’m not sure what you thought you were watching. It’s like the people telling JK Rowling they’re burning their Harry Potter stuff because of her take on politics. She and a number of fans are responding with ‘wow you read all 7 books and lived with this for 17 years and didn’t pick up on the themes?’ It’s rather bizarre. Any human being has the right to stand up for the humanity of others. Sometimes is through jokes. Sometimes it’s speaking out on social media. You don’t get to silence anyone because you got triggered.

  2. Kevin says:

    I give it an A. Alec Baldwin makes SNL funny again for the 17th time. Who knows if he’s going to reach 20 with three more to go.

  3. dan says:

    Best espisode this season! Great use of the whole cast, and the pre-taped bits were all excellent.

  4. Daya says:

    It’s a good thing Chump hasn’t been on People’s Court–Marilyn would spend all her time ripping into him about his anti-immigration stance.

  5. FRAN says:

    I love SNL. Thank you for your episodes. It makes up for waking up for all the horrible news this administration has brought upon us. SNL bring us laughter in this chaotic world.

  6. AngelWasHere says:

    I was expecting more Trump, but it was alright. Nothing to write home about.

  7. Leia says:

    When you can see the blind hate in Alec Baldwins eyes, no those aren’t Trumps, they’re Baldwins, how can you see funny there. I see blind hate there, sorry, there is funnier stuff out there. Same goes for the rest of the cast, there’s no joy there just hate”. Hate gets old unless you’re one of the unhinged who gets off on it.

  8. Edna says:

    I thought it was great! Go Melissa…. All those people complaining, they why are you watching? It’s satire and jokes. Trump gives them the material, they just make fun of it.

  9. eva SCHARFE says:

    OMG! Alec Baldwin is so lame and if the producers of SNL keep putting him on the show will lose the little audience they have. Although I try to tell people some sketches worth watching, everyone I have ever tried to engage about SNL say they don’t think it’s even a little bit funny and can’t stand the show and won’t dicuss it. The truth is the most people who watch SNL (like me sometimes) only watch because there is absolutely nothing on t.v. In addition, there are more commercials than on any other show I’ve watched. SNL must need lots of low cost sponsers to keep their payroll in the black..

  10. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    After the original cast, who could make everything funny, the only time SNL had high ratings was during presidential election cycles (lucky for them they last about two years). This year is one of their more ambitious and funny political years. The comedy coming out of the White House just writes itself.