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Watch Cher, Snoop Dogg, and a Former Presidential Candidate Audition for the Audiobook of Fire and Fury

The Grammy Awards are not usually known for great comedy, even if they give awards for it, but Sunday night’s ceremony had a genuine laugh-out-loud moment: This sketch imagining auditions for the audiobook of Fire and Fury. The format may be familiar—Saturday Night Live has been using fake auditions as an excuse to do a bunch of celebrity impersonations for years—but in this case, they booked the actual celebrities. Watching John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, and DJ Kahled choke their way through the ludicrous details of our ludicrous president is a treat, especially Cardi B’s exasperated aside after reading a passage about Trump eating fast food in bed:

Why am I even reading this shit? I can’t believe this. I can’t believe that he really—this is how he lives his life?

But the grand finale is a surprise appearance from 1997 Grammy winner and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who gets to read the passage about how Trump loves McDonald’s because he thinks people are trying to poison him. Not everyone was thrilled to be reminded that our president is a lunatic. Particularly people who are currently blackening their names by working for him:

It’s a delight to know that this Grammys sketch brought Nikki Haley a small fraction of the discomfort and sadness she and her boss have brought to the rest of the world. But while this is the clearly the greatest moment of audiobook-themed comedy in Grammys history, it’s still not the greatest moment of audiobook-themed comedy in human history. That title still belongs to Gilbert Gottfried, for this masterpiece:

Get that man a microphone and a copy of The Art of the Deal!

Read more about the Grammy Awards in Slate.

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Matthew Dessem

Matthew Dessem is Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor and the author of a biography of screenwriter and director Clyde Bruckman.