Since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, the focus on Donald Trump has shifted to whom he'll pick as his running mate.
In this week's cold open, "Saturday Night Live" enlisted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, played by cast member Bobby Moynihan, to help Trump, vet vice-presidential picks.
"SNL" alum Darrell Hammond, who has appeared on the show regularly this season, returned to portray the real-estate businessman and his public relations alter ego "Joey Pepperoni."
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"No, it's true, I'm telling you Mr. Trump was the real-life inspiration for 'Iron Man,'" Hammond's Trump says. "Who am I? I'm his publicist, Joey Pepperoni. No, I'm not Donald Trump in disguise. This is just what classy people sound like, OK?"
The Washington Post report published Friday alleges Trump routinely called reporters and gossip columnists for decades pretending to be his own spokesman in order to plant stories about himself to boost his image.
Trump denied the allegation on the "Today" show.
Moynihan's Christie interrupts "Joey Pepperoni's" phone call to help him narrow down possible VP candidates, though he may already have someone very close in mind.
"I need someone experienced, loyal, strong," Trump tells Christie.
"That sounds like someone I know," Christie says, then tries to throw his voice. "'It sounds like Chris Christie.' Wait, who said that? Did you hear that? Where'd that come from?"
The two proceeded to go down a list of former Republican presidential hopefuls, including Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio.
"Little Marco?" Trump asks. "I can't ask him to be VP until his parents sign the release form."
Other considerations included a list of Republicans who have publicly declared they would not run on a ticket with Trump if asked.
"It doesn't make any sense. Why doesn't anyone want to be my VP?" Trump whined.
Christie tells Trump that anyone who didn't want to be his VP was a "damn fool," adding that perhaps the person he's been looking for "is standing in this room right now."
"You're so right," Trump said. "Ben Carson, do you want to be vice president?"
"Oh, that would be hella' exciting," a placid Carson, played by Jay Pharoah, says as he enters the room.
Toronto rapper Drake played double duty as host and musical guest.
The freshly-shaved "Hotline Bling" singer lamented his meme-worthy facial expressions in the opening monologue, free-styling a song about being "more than a meme." [[379565991, C]]
But meme's weren't the only thing Drake seemed to have a problem with. In a sketch titled "Drake’s Beef," Drizzy — known for his ongoing feud with rapper Meek Mill — started tiffs with the entire "SNL" staff to the tune of his Meek-targeted track, "Back to Back." [[379567691, C]]
"Weekend Update" also took a few jabs at Trump, with co-host Colin Jost pointing to the publicist’s use of the word "tremendously" in an audio recording of a 1991 People magazine interview, obtained by The Washington Post. [[379584951, C]]
"There's only two times I've ever heard the word 'tremendously.' From Donald Trump, and recordings of Donald Trump," Jost said.
"SNL" will wrap-up its 41st season on Saturday May 21. [[379566631, C]]