March 3, 2019

While at times uneven, SNL's cold open Saturday on satirizing Trump fixer Michael Cohen's testimony before the Congressional Oversight Committee was only slightly more ridiculous than the real thing.

Ben Stiller reprised his role as Michael Cohen, using lyrics from the song "Torn" to express his regret and poking fun at Cohen's inability to locate who was questioning him.

Former cast member Bill Hader came back to be an increasingly frustrated Jim Jordan--jacketless as usual--trying to entrap Cohen into a "gotcha" moment, leading to a series of self-owns by the abject stupidity of Donald Trump. The Democrats on the panel catch on quickly and yield back their time to let him keep "digging his own grave."

But my favorite zinger of the night came courtesy of Kenan Thompson's Elijah Cummings: “Now, for any other president, this hearing would be the most damning and humiliating of their lives. But for Trump, it’s just Wednesday.”

Can you help us out?

For 18 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

We are currently migrating to Disqus

On May 14, 2022, we started migrating our comments from Insticator back to Disqus. During this transition period, some posts will have Insticator and some Disqus. For more information on the transition, as well as information regarding old C&L accounts, please see this post.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.