Donald Trump Is Hosting SNL This Weekend. Here’s the Best Sketch From His Last Time Hosting.


Donald Trump is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. It is bound to be a strange, strange 90 minutes of television. Will he play himself in a sketch? Will he don a silly costume? Who knows!

But this won’t be the first time The Donald has swung by 30 Rockefeller Center late on a Saturday. Back in 2004, amidst peak Apprentice hoopla, Trump hosted the show. And it included an absolutely delightful sketch titled Donald Trump’s House of Wings.

“Cock-a-doodle-doo,” Trump deadpans over a disco beat to open the sketch. Wearing a garish yellow shirt and yellow tie, Trump is joined by young Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, and Seth Meyers as backup dancers dressed in chicken costumes. Does it make sense? Not really. But it’s SNL at its absurdist best.

Sadly, the beauty of Donald Trump’s House of Wings was lost in the ether for many years. As Mediaite detailed earlier this summer, the sketch was mysteriously left off the DVD release of that season—despite being listed on the package—and didn’t make it onto SNL’s web archive. A cover-up to protect his presidential ambitions? Or a copyright issue with the background jingle? No one knows, but thankfully, intrepid YouTube users have made sure that the truth is set free.

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