Saturday Night Live Finale — Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro Returned to SNL

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Saturday Night Live Finale — Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro Returned to SNL

Saturday Night Live had a somewhat fraught relationship with politics during Season 44. The show seemed to recognize that Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression was becoming overused, and that even the great Kate McKinnon could only sell so many “Rudy Giuliani is a vampire” jokes. SNL abandoned its political cold opens for a couple of episodes late this season, but returned to form in last night’s season finale by starting the show off with a sketch in which the Trump administration looks optimistically to the future while singing Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

If we’re trying to keep up with musical biopics, Queen feels a little 2018. (Especially as Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” was just begging to be used in this sketch.) But Queen’s classic hit does imbue the proceedings with some much needed energy. “Sit back and enjoy the ride, America,” Baldwin told the audience before starting the song, “Because tonight, well, tonight I’m gonna have myself a good time.”

Pretty much the whole cast was given a moment in the Queen parody, from Beck Bennet’s Mike Pence, to Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump and Aidy Bryant’s always-delightful Sarah Sanders. Chris Redd’s Kanye West was particularly great—Redd popped up from underneath the Oval Office desk to join the song in a perfect imitation of West’s nasally voice. Before miming the guitar solo, McKinnon’s Wilbur Ross asked the audience how they feel about tariffs and paying “$50 dollars for a tomato.”

“Alright, let’s wrap this up,” said Baldwin near the close,”the NBA finals are coming up and I need to invite the three white players over for McDonald’s.”

But he was briefly interrupted by Robert De Niro, returning to SNL as Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Before De Niro could finish a sentence, Baldwin interrupted to interject with his favorite inaccurate catchphrase, “No collusion, no obstruction.” Check it out below.

Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.

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