N.J. native Zach Braff begs 'SNL' to play Trump aide Stephen Miller

TRENTON -- President Donald Trump's nascent presidency is yielding a whole lot of job applicants ... for "Saturday Night Live" comics mocking the president and his aides. First came Alec Baldwin's turn as Trump at the president-elect's first press...

N.J. native Zach Braff begs 'SNL' to play Trump aide Stephen Miller

TRENTON -- President Donald Trump's nascent presidency is yielding a whole lot of job applicants ... for "Saturday Night Live" comics mocking the president and his aides.

First came Alec Baldwin's turn as Trump at the president-elect's first press conference, as well as later appearances. Then, back-to-back performances by Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Now, NBC alumnus and South Orange native Zack Braff wants in.

After Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller's Sunday show pronouncement that the powers of the president "will not be questioned," and the president's tweet praising it, Braff is petitioning "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels to play him on an upcoming episode.

Dear Lorne, I will shave my head to play this guy. Pleeeease. @nbcsnl pic.twitter.com/60p0TEPh7N -- Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 13, 2017

The "Garden State" director is not the first comic actor to make the case that he should get in on the Trump gravy train.

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The former star of "The Good Wife," Christine Baranski, told Vanity Fair that she wants to play Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

Shortly after McCarthy's skit went viral, frequent Trump target Rosie O'Donnell  mentioned herself as a possibility to play Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and even went so far as to briefly change her Twitter profile picture to a photo-shopped version of the Breitbart News founder.

@calvininsf - i am here to serve - alec has trump - melissa has spice - i would need a few days to prepare - so if called - i will be ready

-- ROSIE (@Rosie) February 7, 2017

Dear @nbcsnl I agree with @Rosie that she would be hilarious perfection as #SteveBannon pic.twitter.com/YQp7S7a5Z9

-- Jonathan Smith (@TheJohnnySmith) February 7, 2017

This past weekend, "SNL" had four Trump-themed sketches, including McCarthy's reprisal as Spicer. The episode scored its highest overnight Nielsen ratings since 2011, according to NBC.

Claude Brodesser-Akner may be reached at cbrodesser@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClaudeBrodesser. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

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