Continuing to escalate its star-studded spoofs of Donald Trump’s legal woes, “Saturday Night Live” this weekend topped itself with a madcap phone tree utilizing almost every cast member and guest star ever to say the word “collusion” — culminating with a surprise appearance by alleged Trump paramour Stormy Daniels, played by the real Stormy Daniels.
Repeating his well-received impression of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Ben Stiller anchored the opening scene, frantically calling various players in the scandal from a pay phone and a pair of “burner” phones that he’d neglected to burn, as a pair of wiretapping FBI agents listened in.
The first call — a wrong number — went to Trump’s former physician Dr. Harold Bornstein, played by Martin Short. A friend of “SNL” for decades but new to the Trump ensemble, Short threw a little Jerry Lewis into his take on the shaggy doc.
Then, in quick succession, Kate McKinnon debuted her Rudy Giuliani impression, Alec Baldwin returned as Trump and Aidy Bryant jumped in briefly as Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Melania Trump (Cecily Strong, in the first lady’s distinctive white hat from last month’s French state dinner) queried Cohen about the legality of a wife testifying against her lawbreaking husband.
After a quick turn by Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence, Scarlett Johansson reprised her Ivanka Trump characterization alongside Jimmy Fallon as Jared Kushner, squealing like the Three Stooges’ Curly about Giuliani’s declaration that he’s “disposable.”
Trump then intervened to demand that Cohen link him up directly with Stormy Daniels. The appearance of Daniels herself — in the, um, flesh — prompted a tempest of cheers from the studio audience.
When the president called out Daniels and said her claims of an affair are all an act, Daniels deftly shot back, “I work in adult films! We’re not really known for our acting!” Asked what it would take for the scandal to end, she declared, “A resignation.”
After cutting Cohen out of the call, Trump revealed his true purpose: to rekindle his affair with Daniels. “We’ll always have Shark Week,” he swooned.
Daniels was unimpressed. “I know you don’t believe in climate change,” she snapped, “but a storm’s a-comin’, baby!” With that, she and Baldwin shouted in unison, “Live from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night!’ ”
The porn star tweeted Sunday that the gig was the fulfillment of her wildest dream.
Daniels’ cameo echoed an earlier stint by an alleged presidential mistress: Monica Lewinsky, who in one of her first media appearances showed up at “SNL” in 1999 to play herself as the future wife of Bill Clinton (Darrell Hammond) and share love advice with Tim Meadows’ character The Ladies Man.
One of the writers of those scenes, Tina Fey, later told the Sun-Times that Lewinsky“was really bright, very open, very willing to make fun of herself, very honest about what the public’s view of her is. She was surprisingly cool.”