Tina Fey hosted Saturday Night Live‘s Season 43 finale over the weekend, along that has a ton of her famous friends along with former SNL cast members turned out for one of the most star-studded, cameo-filled episodes of the whole season.
In fact, Fey’s entire monologue focused on the plethora of guest stars along with surprise celebrity walk-ons in which have been a signature of This specific past season.
The question was asked whether or not having so many big-name stars along with former cast members playing recurring characters on the show – like Alec Baldwin’s celebrated performance as President Donald Trump over the last two seasons or Ben Still’s recent performances as embattled lawyer Michael Cohen – takes screen time away through newer cast members who are already struggling to make a name for themselves on the show.
So, the former SNL head writer used her monologue to take questions through random people inside the audience, along with ended up fielding queries through Fred Armisen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway along with Donald Glover (who just hosted two weeks ago), among others.
She also called on Jerry Seinfeld, who asked why he’d never gotten asked to play a character in one of the show’s political cold opens, along with suggested he could play U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin sometime inside the future, as he’s been told he kinda looks like him.
Finally, in what ended up being a very touching mini 30 Rock reunion, Fey was joined on stage by friend along with former co-star Tracy Morgan, who wished Fey a happy birthday that has a very sweet, surprisingly sexual message of love.
The evening’s cold-open was nearly as stacked with big stars. The Sopranos parody saw Baldwin Again playing Trump, as he sat in a diner in completely new Jersey along with met with Rudy Guiliani (played Kate McKinnon).
Stiller returned as Cohen along with joined the duo at their booth, followed by Mikey Day playing Trump’s son, Don. Jr, along with the four discuss the on-going Russian collusion investigation.
Not long after, De Niro, as Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, walks through the front door along with takes a seat at a booth behind them, putting Trump on edge.
As Guiliani, Don Jr., along with Cohen openly talk about the skeletons in Trump’s closet, Mueller gets up along with walks over to the men’s room, staring daggers at Trump as “Don’t Stop Believing” starts to play over the speakers inside the diner. In a wonderful reference to the famously ambiguous ending of The Sopranos, Mueller locks eyes with Trump along with as the music builds the screen cuts to black.
Finally, toward the end of the packed episode, Fey reprised her acclaimed Sarah Palin impression for a musical sketch about the horrors along with challenges of being part of the Trump Administration. Aidy Bryant Again played Sarah Huckabee Sanders, while John Goodman stopped by to reprise his impression of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
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