SNL You Are Losing Me as Your #1 Fan
I have loved Saturday Night Live ever since I was a kid begging to stay up late and watch the opening skit. Is it as good now as it was back then? That’s certainly a worthy debate. Some would argue it’s superior. This year SNL earned their most Emmy nominations ever of 22. Having said that, since the show’s debut in 1975 they’ve racked up 231 noms. Not too shabby, difference is, now they’re actually winning.
So what’s my problem? There have been so many great comics that have catapulted into American culture because of this ground-breaking, long-running show and will continue to do so despite my thoughts. John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey – I could go on and on. So what could be so bad?
SNL is making a classic mistake that will eventually turn on them. They are letting a joke run too long. Ever been with a person like that? They make a joke, get a laugh, and don’t know when to quit. On and on until it’s not funny anymore. This is where SNL is with their Donald Trump skits.
At first these cold opening with Alec Baldwin, whom I have great respect for as a comedic actor, were a much needed relief about the chaotic state of our nation. Doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you’re on, things are messed up in America. But have we reached a point where continuing the joke about how stupid our president is only makes us look stupid?
This joke has run its course. Thank God for Kate McKinnon. Her parody of Pennywise the Dancing Clown a.k.a. Kellyanne Conway last week was terrifyingly funny. But please don’t do this every week either.
And did you hear the back story about the role of Donald Trump? The role had belonged to Darrell Hammond, who is also known for his wonderful impression of Bill Clinton, but Lorne Michaels wanted to go in a different direction during the election season so he made writer/producer Steve Higgins a.k.a. Jimmy Fallon’s right hand man tell Hammond he was fired.
Fast forward to now: SNL, please curtail the cold openings of Trump. You could drop it back to every other show. In the meantime get creative and come up with some new skits. Baldwin’s over exaggeration of Trump’s bottom lip is becoming annoying. I want to remember him as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, and this is becoming virtually impossible.
Here’s the good news, I tend to be a very loyal person when it comes to television shows. Case in point American Horror Story. It too has a demented presidential spin. Spoiler alert: it’s all because Sarah Paulson voted for Jill Stein. #ohthehorror. But here I am, still watching, even though my heart isn’t in it as much this year – for either show. Unless it’s a documentary, I like my television with a little less reality.
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