It was a big week for Saturday Night Live. For the first time in 42 years, the NBC late night sketch comedy broadcast live from coast to coast across the continental United States and Canada. Former SNL cast member and Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon presided over the historic episode.
And for such a momentous occasion, there were a slew of guest stars. Alec Baldwin starred as Donald Trump in the cold open. Guitarist and legendary producer Nile Rodgers played guitar alongside Jimmy Fallon as he crooned “Let’s Dance” during his monologue. Melissa McCarthy donned an Easter Bunny costume for another epic portrayal of Trump Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. And SNL alum Rachel Dratch returned to reboot a fav bit with Jimmy, “Sully and Denise.”
Also, musical guest Harry Styles made his live TV debut as a solo artist performing two of his new songs, “Sign of the Times” and “Ever Since New York.” Click to watch the performances. The former One Direction member also appeared in a few skits.
Check out the best of this week’s (April 15) Saturday Night Live right here.
Donald Trump Cold Open
President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) looks back on his first 100 days with Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) and chooses between advisors Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner (Jimmy Fallon). There’s an Apprentice style elimination, and the “tiny desk.” makes a return.
Jimmy Fallon’s “Let’s Dance” Monologue
Host Jimmy Fallon celebrates his return to SNL and the show airing live coast to coast for the first time with a performance of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” that finds him taking the halls of Studio 8H. Harry Styles makes a cameo. And of course, that’s the original “Let’s Dance” guitarist, Nile Rodgers playing along.
Sean Spicer Delivers an Easter Message
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) apologizes for his comments about Hitler. What’s great? Spicer in a bunny costume? Even greater? That’s actually a thing. Spicer played the Easter Bunner for the Easter Egg roll one year during the Bush 2 admin. Melissa as Spicer is as hilarious as ever. I hope the hapless press secretary doesn’t lose his job before Melissa hosts the show in a few weeks.
Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition
Liza Minnelli (Cecily Strong), Diana Ross (Sasheer Zamata), Mick Jagger (Harry Styles) and John Travolta (Jimmy Fallon) take on Kristen Stewart (Kate McKinnon), Gwen Stefani (Melissa Villaseñor), David Blaine (Pete Davidson) and John Travolta (Jimmy Fallon). At one point, “Mick” declares that he’d be crazy to leave his mega-successful group to go solo. Har har. And Jimmy as both 1977 and 2017 John Travolta is classic Fallon. He doesn’t even bother to put his wig on straight after rushing to the other side of the stage to play 1977 Travolota. Or bother to keep his head out of the shot as he dashes across.
Civil War Soldiers
Civil War soldiers (Jimmy Fallon, Beck Bennett, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day) try to raise morale by singing a song. Guest appearance by Harry Styles. Jimmy can’t resist adding a BIG hook at the bridge. I laughed. OK?
Sully and Denise
Sully (Jimmy Fallon) and Denise (Rachel Dratch) tour Harvard with their daughter, Little Denise (Kate McKinnon). It’s the Sully and Denise reboot, starring Kate McKinnon. Good times.
Take Me Back
Doug (Jimmy Fallon) begs Jen (Cecily Strong) to take him back with a serenade. This odd little skit takes an unexpected turn.