SNL returned last night and tackled Trump's press conference from earlier this week, during which the golden showers rumors and pile of fake manila folders became the centerpiece of the internet's mockery.
It's difficult to make fun of a man as ludicrous as Donald Trump, particularly when most people are already doing so in real time on Twitter. Often, the jokes that crop up in SNL's Trump sketches feel like recapitulations of punch lines we've already heard or memes we've already seen a dozen times at that point. Trump calling his sons Beavis and Butt-head during last night's sketch, for example, is a joke that has been circulating the internet for months. It might get laughs in the moment, but it's not a fresh observation.
The SNL writers' best takes on Trump instead come from extrapolation, where they go a step further to create a fictionalized version of the President-elect that is even more laughable than the IRL version (which is, of course, difficult to do considering how ridiculous his behavior already is). In last night's sketch, this took the form of the numerous pee-related Freudian slips that Trump kept making during his speech. It's not an incisive or edgy joke, for sure, but it at least took the headline of the week and turned it into a funny new behavior that Baldwin's Trump could play with. Ultimately, it pokes fun at Trump's massive levels of insecurity, which is an aspect of Trump's personality that has been a defining aspect of Baldwin's impression this season.
Watch the sketch here to see SNL's full take on the press conference: