Alec Baldwin is officially hanging up the spray tan and toupee.
Baldwin announced that his days of playing President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” are over, telling USA Today he’s “done.”
But “SNL” is still going to need someone to play Trump. After all, 2020 is just around the corner and the show’s presidential debate sketches are pretty iconic.
So, who will be next in line to don the golden locks and American flag pin? Here are a few suggestions.
Isn’t it about time there was a woman in the “SNL” White House? We think so.
McCarthy has proved her political comedy chops on the show with her performance as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. But now that Spicey, along with several other former Trump staffers, has left the building, McCarthy is free to take on Trump.
Remember her ranch guzzling skit from 2011? Classic. Now imagine McCarthy as Trump chugging a bottle of ranch in the Oval Office while hosting the Golden State Warriors for a visit. Can you say Emmy bait, anyone?
Carvey is an “SNL” legend. His Church Lady character is one of the greats, plus he’s already nailed another former president with his portrayal of George H.W. Bush.
And talk about silver platter casting: Carvey already has Trump’s verbal tics down. We’re not saying there needs to be a sketch in which Trump rocks out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the back of the limousine, but if one just happened to appear, that would be pretty great.
Not only was Atamanuik name-dropped by Baldwin himself to play the role, but he’s already been impersonating Trump on the “The President Show” on Comedy Central. Atamanuik’s comedic timing is near (stable) genius, and his impersonation brings a little something extra to the table.
“I like to say I do an impression of his psyche and an impression of his soul,” Atamanuik told The Hollywood Reporter.
Why? Why not! She’s already in almost every sketch on the show and has a wide range of political characters in her repertoire. From her Jeff Sessions to her Hillary Clinton, McKinnon can do no wrong with playing politicians, so she might as well play the head honcho himself.
Besides, if Elizabeth Warren happened to win the Democratic nomination for 2020, we’d get to see McKinnon hastily switch back and forth from Warren to Trump so she can debate herself. Why would we deny ourselves that treat?
Sure, hosting the “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS puts the eponymous star at a slight disadvantage to star on NBC’s “SNL.” But come on, Corden is in everything right now.
If Kate McKinnon can play multiple European leaders, then surely a Brit can take aim at Trump. And you know you’re secretly dying to know what songs Trump would sing if he did Carpool Karaoke.
Not sold yet? Well, if not Corden, we might as well go for the obvious choice…
There are few actors as adept at impersonating celebrities as Hammond. His skits as Bill Clinton and Sean Connery belong in the “SNL” hall of fame, and not to mention he has already delivered a near-perfect Trump impression in the past.
If Lorne Michaels isn’t sold on Hammond yet, all he has to do is look at the President’s Twitter feed.
“Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!” Trump tweeted last year, after criticizing Baldwin’s portrayal.