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Ben Stiller & Robert De Niro Cohen Meets the Special Counsel ... For SNL's Cold Open

4/15/2018 7:40 AM PDT

Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro did their best Michael Cohen and Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live ... while also plugging their old comedy together.

Stiller played President Trump's embattled personal lawyer on SNL this weekend, and De Niro played Mueller ... who conducted a polygraph on the guy, just like their characters did in 2000's "Meet the Parents." The Byrnes and Focker jokes continued from there.

On a more seriously hilarious note, SNL threw haymakers at Cohen's predicament -- namely, getting raided by the FBI last week in relation to his $130,000 "hush money" payment to Stormy Daniels, among other things. They also went after Trump and his kids.

As long as there's an open Trump-related investigation(s) ... we're guessing SNL won't be running out of material anytime soon. 

SNL 'This is Us' ... Trump Style

3/11/2018 7:07 AM PDT

It's one of the most biting parodies of the Trump Administration so far by "SNL" ... a spoof of "This is Us" called "This is U.S." and it spares no one.

Sarah Hucakbee Sanders is probably fuming today over her character, but Ben Carson may actually be getting a chuckle over his Sterling K. Brown-type character.  And who knew Pete Davidson actually resembled Jared Kushner and played him hilariously?

Check out t he last vestiges of Anthony Scaramucci, Hope Hicks and Sean Spicer ... again, hilarious.

"SNL" really went for the juggler this weekend ... doing a parody of "The Bachelor" but instead of Arie the main dude is Robert Mueller

You gotta think as much as they hate Trump the cast and crew might be a little torn at the 2020 ballot box -- if Trump makes it that far -- because the show hasn't been this good in a long, long time. 

President Trump Unloads On 'Alex Baldwin' ... Actor Happily Takes Bait

3/2/2018 6:51 AM PST

President Donald Trump went nuclear on "Alex Baldwin" Friday -- ripping the actor for his "dieing mediocre career" ... and yeah, those are real quotes.

During his daily morning tweetstorm, Trump unleashed -- saying, "Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony."

"Alex, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent.

Trump deleted the misspelled post and replaced it -- but his message to Alec was received loud and clear ... and it didn't take long for Baldwin to respond.

Baldwin waxed on about impeachment hearings, a farewell helicopter ride and brought up Trump's porn star scandal ... just like you'd expect. 

Alec signed off by tweeting, "On my way to shoot MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN and grateful to be working w Edward Norton, Cherry Jones, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael K Williams. If this is mediocrity, give me more."

Guessing this ain't over ...

SNL Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch Revolutionary War Rivalry Between Pats and Eagles

2/4/2018 7:06 AM PST

Tiny Fey and Rachel Dratch returned to "SNL" for an hilarious skit about the Boston vs. Philly game, but this one rolled back time several hundred years.

The date -- 1776.  The place -- the freshly minted United States colonies.  The mission -- win the Revolutionary War.

The rivalry between the Pats and Philly is hilarious.  BTW, the Patriots are led by a dude named Tom Brady who, at 40, is several years beyond his life expectancy.

Best line ... "Boston's not even a real city.  It's a college town with a fishing pier."

SNL Weekend Update Skewers Trump Over Gov Shutdown, Stormy Daniels

1/21/2018 7:54 AM PST

SNL took aim at Donald Trump and fired.

Weekend Update hit the Prez hard on the government shutdown, but the Stormy Daniels commentary was hilarious.  

Michael Che mused that Trump's comment to Stormy that he was afraid of sharks was understandable, because he has the body of a seal.

And check out Cecily Strong as Stormy herself. Super funny.

On the government shutdown, Colin Jost observed even a fake government -- "House of Cards" -- didn't shut down after Kevin Spacey was booted from the show. 

Sam Rockwell Drops F-Bomb on 'SNL'

1/14/2018 7:12 AM PST
Breaking News

Saturday Night Live might have a situation on its hands after guest host Sam Rockwell dropped the f-bomb during a skit.

Sam was playing Mr. Science alongside Cecily Strong and Mikey Day when he got way too into character and used the f-word. You can tell from his reaction it wasn't planned ... he just blurted it out, reacted with some shock and then continued on with the skit. 

The show has a tape delay but clearly the censors were not quick enough on the draw.

No word yet on whether the FCC will take action. 

Omarosa on SNL Can't Fire Me ... If I Fire Myself First

12/17/2017 6:44 AM PST

Turns out Omarosa WAS tossed out of the White House on her ass by the Secret Service because she wanted it that way ... according to the folks at SNL.

President Trump's former adviser's firing/resignation was roasted by Leslie Jones and Michael Che during the Weekend Update. The bit is funny, but when you're dealing with Omarosa ... it could be reality.

C'mon, you can totally see her retelling the story of her White House exit exactly this way.

Niecy Nash's roasting of Felicia Omarosa was way worse

Newt Gingrich on Al Franken Innocent Until Proven Guilty ... But Stay Outta Politics!

12/10/2017 4:42 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Newt Gingrich knows how to sit on a fence -- 'cause he's now defending Al Franken ... while also bashing him for thinking he could go the distance in politics.

We got the former Speaker of the House on Capitol Hill and asked about his recent defense of Franken on TV ... where he said the guy deserved his due process before being forced to resign

Newt breaks it down rather simply -- Americans are innocent until proven guilty, regardless of party ... period.

Still, he couldn't help but leave with a parting shot to the SNL comic-turned-senator ... and any other comedians who think they're cut out for D.C.

SNL Hey Santa ... Can I Have a Matt Lauer Toy?!!?

12/10/2017 7:13 AM PST

SNL hit a home run with an hilarious skit featuring some highly evolved kids who are more interested in sexual harassment, Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, the tax plan, and the opioid crisis than an Xbox.

Kenan Thompson nailed it as Santa and Kate McKinnon was one of the best elfs ever as kid by kid by kid put St. Nick on the spot.

The best line ... when one of the kids wanted a Matt Lauer sex toy.  

Exasperated Santa is the best! 

SNL Takes On Sexual Harassment... 'Welcome to Hell'

12/3/2017 6:46 AM PST

"Saturday Night Live" took on the massive sexual harassment/assault scandal by telling perpetrators they are now in the same place the woman have been for years -- hell.

The skit -- "Welcome to Hell" -- is not knee-slapping funny, but it's definitely powerful.  It addresses the sorrow some people have expressed that certain titans have now fallen and their projects have been shelved ... like Jeremy Piven and "Wisdom of the Crowd."

This one's different from the typical SNL skits ... definitely worth a watch.

Elliott Gould Al Franken's a Good Guy 'We All Make Mistakes'

11/17/2017 7:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Elliott Gould doesn't think Sen. Al Franken's career deserves to be sunk by Leeann Tweeden revealing he groped her in 2006 ... because that mistake doesn't define his friend. 

The actor's been tight with Franken long before his political days-- Franken was an 'SNL' writer back when Elliott hosted. Despite the allegations -- many of which Franken admitted and apologized for -- Elliott stood by his friend Thursday night outside Craig's.

His take? Franken's track record should count for something -- which is why Elliott doesn't think the Senator will go the way of Harvey Weinstein.

Sen. Al Franken Facing Calls for Ethics Review Leeann Tweeden Claims Harassment

11/16/2017 9:19 AM PST

10:54 AM PT -- Leeann says she accepts Franken's apology. 

Sen. Al Franken may face an Ethics Committee review in the wake of claims he groped and sexually harassed radio host and former model Leeann Tweeden.

Tweeden released a 2006 photo of Franken -- who was not then elected -- groping, or at least pretending to grope her as she slept during a USO trip they both made. Tweeden says Franken, an 'SNL' vet and comedian at the time, had written a skit for their USO show in the Middle East, which required him to kiss her.

She claims during rehearsals he repeatedly tried to kiss her even though she told him it was not necessary. As she put it, "Relax Al, this isn't SNL ... we don't need to rehearse the kiss." She claims he persisted and eventually put his hand on the back of her head, and jammed his tongue in her mouth.

She says the alleged groping photo was taken on the plane ride home, after the 2-week tour, and as she slept.

Franken released a lengthy statement, apologizing directly to Tweeden. He also said, "I respect women. I don't respect men who don't. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't satisfied with the apology, and says, "As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter."

Ben Affleck and GF House Hunting!!!

10/25/2017 8:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ben Affleck was house hunting ... no big surprise since he's apparently in the market after moving out of the family home, but what's interesting is that he brought his girlfriend along for the ride.

Ben and Lindsay Shookus were all over the west side of L.A. Tuesday ... looking at super expensive homes. One house in the Santa Monica mountains is listed at $18.5 million, another in Pacific Palisades is going for $12 million and one in Brentwood is also on the market for $12 mil.

They also looked at a house under construction, and they walked the property.

It seems they were smitten by the Santa Monica mountains house because they stayed for more than an hour. Lindsay was clutching the spec sheet as they left.

No word on whether Ben's moving in alone.

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