The Best Part of the "Saturday Night Live" Premiere? The Ladies
It's no surprise that the 41st season opener of "Saturday Night Live" basked in our country's current political climate: The Trump card was dealt over and over, candidates were lampooned skit after skit ("Introducing Abilify, for people who think they can be president!"), and our lady Hillary Clinton even showed up to poke fun of herself as Val the bartender (Kate McKinnon was quick to note how nice she really is in real life). After all, political commentary is a vital part of the show's epic legacy. But, for last night's premiere, it wasn't the D.C. jokes that held our attention the longest (though Pete Davidson's Trump as American Idol's Sanjaya analogy was spot-on) — it was the ladies who stole the show.
Let's start with the opener — Taran Killam as Donald, Cecily Strong as Melania. Taran may have mastered the Trump pout, but Cecily dazzled as first-lady-to-be. Her accent, her comedic timing, her lines! "Like everyone else, he puts his hair on one strand at a time." She had us guffawing at the White House Correspondents' dinner last year, and bets are on that she'll be dominating the show's cast once again this season. All eyes on Cecily, am I right?
Even host and musical guest Miley Cyrus behaved and proved to be an integral member in last night's skits. As Roxane Gilmore, a racy rap star, an all-too-familiar millennial, and as herself, Miley hosted with confidence and gravitas. And seeing a lady up on stage to open the season was a pleasure in itself.
Although we weren't introduced to any new female cast members (but are already loving Colin Jost's cute new mini Jon Rudnitsky), we're jazzed about the roster as it stands. Aidy's Kim Davis, Leslie's relationship expert, Vanessa's #squad skeptic, Kate's Hillary ("Oh Huma, why won't the people just let me lead? Just give me the hammer and nails and let me fix it all!"), and Cecily's Melania — all of them were terrific to watch last night, each one a dominant force to continue the show's legendary 41st run. Though we, like Miley, are sad to let summer slip away, we absolutely cannot wait to see these ladies shine into 2016.
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