It’s episode two of the 42nd Saturday Night Live season, and for the first time ever Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway hit/cultural phenomenon Hamilton, is hosting, with musical guest Twenty One Pilots. Now, of course Miranda’s monologue in not only laced with Hamilton references, he goes full-out Alexander, and performs the SNL version of one of his biggest numbers, My Shot. Instead of it being about American politics – well, 1770s American politics – it’s about his life-long dream to be up on that stage hosting the 42-year-old New York institution.
With such a rapping talent as Lin-Manuel Miranda, it’s obvious that they would utilize that skill as much as possible – Miranda bursts in on a slow-going musical number to deliver a verse that takes the mediocre sketch and turns it into something worth watching over and over.
Saturday Night Live didn’t just use him just for his lyrical prowess – he is an actor too, after all. And Lin-Manuel Miranda was great in the sketches! But, of course, when you have a hip hop icon, you tend to play that up.
But even with such a high-energy star, the team at SNL couldn’t help but utilize the most recent of Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s offensive statements. The cold open sketch was dedicated to it (with the return of Alec Baldwin with his spot-on Trump, and of course the continually amazing Kate McKinnon as the Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton), and it took up a good portion of this week’s Weekend Update.
To round off what was already an episode to good enough to fill several “best of” reels, SNL alumni and former Weekend Update hosts Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon make a cameo on Weekend Update as… well, watch: