Alec Baldwin reportedly will be channeling his inner Donald Trump this season on “Saturday Night Live.”
Baldwin holds the record for most times hosting the sketch comedy series, having done so 16 times. He signed a contract earlier this week, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Last season, the Republican presidential nominee was impersonated by Darrell Hammond, who also has portrayed former President Bill Clinton. Before that, Taran Killam played Trump.
The deal is much like the one producer Lorne Michaels had last year with Larry David, whose sendup of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders produced such gems as “Bern Your Enthusiasm,” a nod to David’s long-running “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on HBO.
A promo for Saturday’s season debut already is up on social media.
Trump, who hosted an episode of “SNL” last season, isn’t the first presidential candidate Baldwin has impersonated. He played Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 in a sketch mocking the Republican presidential primary debates.
Other celebrities Baldwin has taken on include Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Tony Bennett.
Baldwin described Trump as looking like he had been “dipped in movie popcorn butter” in an appearance on Ellen Degeneres’ show in May. The following month he told the Telegraph Trump rhetoric is “hate-filled” and the result of Fox News fanning the flames of partisanship for two decades.
During this election cycle, Democrat Hillary Clinton has been portrayed on “SNL” by Kate McKinnon. Clinton made an appearance in one sketch as Val the bartender who listened to McKinnon list everything Clinton had done wrong early in the primary season. In past seasons, Amy Poehler has portrayed Clinton while Ana Gasteyer played Clinton in the 1990s.
The Bustle reported Wednesday Hammond will play Bill Clinton this season.
Baldwin has made headlines in recent years for confrontations with paparazzi, an abusive voicemail message to his daughter and a refusal to stop playing “Words with Friends” so an airplane could take off.
Saturday’s “SNL” premiere will be hosted by Margot Robbie.