Kenan Thompson Santa Clause SNL

Santa is forced to field some tough questions from tots in a hilarious ‘Saturday Night Live’ cold open. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Santa Claus is making a list and checking it twice, but leave it up to the kids to clue him in on who’s been naughty and nice in a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” cold open.

All of the year’s woes come back to revisit this shopping mall Santa, played by Kenan Thompson.

Who knew what could spring out of the mouths of babes?


In this case, Santa must holding court Tyson’s Corner, the suburban D.C. shopping mall frequented by the rich and well connected in Washington.

If these kids are anything, it’s tuned in… as in tuned to CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News.

Tyler stumps old Santa. He wants to know what Sen. Al Franken did wrong.

You may recall, the Minnesota Senator was forced to resign for getting frisky with a Playboy model–who just happens to be a die-hard, Republican political operative–during an x-rated 2006 USO show in Iraq.

“Can you take the Al Franken thing?” Santa says to his elf, Sugarplum, played by Kate McKinnon.

“No,” she replies. “And in this climate, can you just call me Amy?” she retorts.



“Well, I guess you can say Al Franken is on Santa’s naughty list this year,” Thompson finally replies.

“And what about Roy Moore? What list is he on?” the precocious Tyler asks.

“It’s not really a list, it’s more of a registry,” says Sugarplum… oops, make that Amy.

But that’s not all. Little Jessica wants to follow up. “Is President Trump on the naughty list?”

“Santa tries to stay out of politics,” says Santa looking for an out. “Our president may have said or done a few naughty things,” he finally answers.

“19 accusers, Google it,” Amy chimes in.

“Look Jessica I’m sure we can all learn a lesson from what’s going on in the news,” says Santa.

“We sure can, I learn if you admit you did something wrong you get in trouble. But if you deny it, they let you keep your job,” she says.

The skit also takes on football injuries, bit coin, opioids, Matt Lauer’s sex toys, the Republican “trickle down” tax bill and the soaring national debt.

“Thanks to that much needed tax cut this little ray of sunshine his going to be forking over her Social Security check to the Chinese. And if she thinks she’s getting Medicare… oooh, she’s out of her little mind.”

But that’s not all. Check out the clip below.