Looking back on Donald Trump's first 'SNL' hosting gig (because he's hosting again)
Here’s a joke that’s not really funny. Currently Presidential Candidate and Former host of NBC’s own The Apprentice, Donald Trump is going to host SNL on November 7th because………………. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But hey, the musical guest is Sia, and we love her!
But back to this Trump-n-SNL surprise: turns out, this isn’t actually the first time he’s hosted. Back in 2004, Trump took to the stage in Studio 8H. This past August he told The Hollywood Reporter that he had been approached again to host the late night sketch show, commenting that during his first go at it, he “had a great time.” And just for those keeping track at home, this means that comedy goddess Amy Schumer has only hosted SNL once (last week) but now Trump will have hosted twice because sometimes life is just odd, you know?
Maybe his second time won’t be totally weird, since the guy does have stage presence. His first time wasn’t all that bad, either. If you’re having trouble remembering back to April 3rd, 2004, don’t worry. That’s why the Internet was invented! And thankfully, NBC has kept some of Trump’s first sketches alive and well, and even better, Amy Poehler was still a cast member at this time!!
His monologue starts off OK, even though he does take time to mention that he’s a “ratings machine” and glad to know that eleven years later, not a lot has changed. The SNL player tasked with impersonating Trump was Daryl Hammond, and hey, he’s still around, too! Maybe we’ll get a three-way Trump-off between Real Trump, Hammond’s Trump, and Taran Killam’s Trump.
In another sketch he plays, well, himself, stopping by Live with Regis and Kelly (I miss 2004). He once again takes time to comment that his Apprentice is HUGE! Also, did not know that Trump tried (and actually failed) to trademark, “You’re Fired.”
One more from this trip down memory lane. In this third sketch, Trump plays, uh, himself, too. Trump on the Apprentice, no less. But in this one, Poehler plays the drums! So that’s cool.
Basically, what we can learn from his hosting job in 2004 is that he’s going to play himself in basically all the sketches, and use the airtime to plug his current bid for president. The jury’s still out on whether he’ll still be the “ratings machine” he claimed to be that Saturday night eleven years ago.
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