The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Lin-Manuel Miranda


Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined the SNL crew last night. There were musical sketches aplenty, although we wonder if Miranda’s talents were severely underused. Still, the actor gave us the evening’s best moment during his floetry-filled monologue and a wide-eyed pause next to a photo of The Orange One Who Shall Not Be Named. And he also delivered what might be SNL’s first (inoffensive) Spanish-language sketch in their 42-season history. See how it all went down last night, below.

The Best

“VP Debate Cold Open”

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump elbows his way in to the VP Debate to talk about his vulgar comments in the news. And, yep, he goes there. Hillary, of course, is thrilled with news of pussygate.

“Lin-Manuel Miranda Monologue”

A Hamilton-style monologue about the presidential race. Insert fire emojis here.

“Substitute Teacher”

Miranda’s well-meaning sub is all, “How do you do, fellow kids?” (Side note: Leslie Jones yelling at everyone is funnier than a few of the evening’s sketches.)

“A Day Off”

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), has a very busy day off.

“Weekend Update”

A Tic Tac commercial for the ages. “Resident Young Person” Pete Davidson is going bald. And Tina Fey stops by with Jimmy Fallon and her pitch-perfect Philly housewife accent — hoagie accessory included.

“Diego Calls His Mom”

A Spanish-language sketch with no subtitles (with amusing English dialogue inserts about carpet, etc.) about calling your mom. Kinda perfect.

“Stranger Things”

In season 2 of Stranger Things, Lucas’ parents (Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson) are more scared of the cops than the Upside-Down World.

“Melania Moments #2”

Too real.

The Worst


Dorky songs with friends around a fire. We’d say that silly accent is more Fargo than Eastern European, yah?

“Crucible Cast Party”

Kate McKinnon’s Crucible old-age makeup is the best part of this messy music video-style sketch.

“Wells Fargo Wagon”

Keep your Wells Fargo out of our TCM.

“WWII Scene”

Butt stuff. Because it was late in the evening, and that’s what SNL seems to do.

Musical Guest: Twenty One Pilots