Alex Moffat’s Anderson Cooper opened Saturday Night Live with a massive list of stars trying to fill the many, many roles ripe for satire that are being escorted from Donald Trump’s White House on a daily basis. Kate McKinnon returned as Jeff Sessions to comment on last night’s firing of Andrew McCabe, saying, “this was sneaky for me. I’m just a simple man trying to make life bad for immigrants and now here I am taking away the pension of a Christian white. It ain’t right!”
Then, Cooper decides to welcome former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to his desk, played by a perfect John Goodman. Tillerson recalls his firing this week, hearing from Chief of Staff John Kelly: “He said, ‘are you on the toilet, because I’ve got some bad news.'”
Rex is having a hard time dealing with his firing. As he puts it, “one moment you’re the CEO of Exxon, a 50 billion dollar company, and the next day you’re getting fired by a man who used to sell steaks in the mail.”
Cooper introduces his next guests, Fred Armisen as Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff and the night’s host Bill Hader as The Mooch himself, Anthony Scaramucci. Hader plays him like a mom from Goodfellas x1000. It’s overwhelming considering the heavy news week, and ends up as one of the best cold opens of the season.