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NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy magazine Saturday Night Live returned last night for its forty-fifth season premiere, airing live coast to coast.

Here are highlights from that first episode:

The cold open: With the threat of impeachment looming, Donald Trump (Alex Baldwin) calls those closest to him including Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Kanye West (Chris Redd), William Barr (Aidy Bryant), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kim Jong-un (Bowen Yang), Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) Eric and Don Jr. (Alex Moffat, Mikey Day), and actor Liev Schreiber.

SNL tries to be bipartisan with its comedic skewering: Democratic presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke (Alex Moffat), Andrew Yang (Bowen Yang), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost), Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon, Marianne Williamson (Chloe Fineman), Bernie Sanders (Larry David), Joe Biden (Woody Harrelson), Kamala Harris (Maya Rudolph) speak at CNN’s Impeachment Town Hall.

Weekend Update is back: Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like Trump calling Joe Biden corrupt.

More Weekend Update: Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like Juul’s CEO stepping down.

A Kenan Thompson character offers a cynical take on impeachment: On the political talk show Inside the Beltway, pundits (Woody Harrelson, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong) discuss the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Browse all sketches and performances uploaded from the season premiere.