Despite the protests, Republican candidate Donald Trump did indeed host “Saturday Night Live” last night, seizing the moment to show he can poke fun at others and at himself.
Among the sketches was one where he live tweets a bit he is not in so that viewers don’t have to miss his wit. It was a funny gag, with Trump first mocking each of the cast members in the sketch. Then he starts presumably poking fun at himself by questioning Kenan Thompson’s birth certificate.
Trump notes that if you add a “y” to Kenan you get Kenyan. Although, for someone who seriously suggests Mexico should build a fence on the border it’s hard to know just how much he was kidding.
The anti-Trump protests themselves got the “SNL” treatment, with Larry David taking up opponents’ calls to heckle the candidate.
“You’re a racist,” said David, who recently portrayed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders on the show. “I heard if I yelled that they’d give me $5,000.”
“As a business man I can fully respect that,” Trump said.
The controversy appears to have paid off for NBC, with the show getting some of its highest ratings in years.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.