Can ‘SNL’ take down Donald Trump? Is it going to try?


SNL, now in its 42nd season, has frequently shaped how voters see their presidential candidates. In 2000, the show turned Al Gore’s focus-grouped phrases into punch lines; in 2008, some voters were left thinking that Sarah Palin, not Tina Fey, said “I can see Russia from my house.”

But this year may be different, and not just because of the well-documented entertainment value of Trump. The season opens at a time when the comedy world is engulfed in an angry debate about how to make fun of Trump — and whether some practitioners have given him a pass on his more objectionable stances. For some, Donald Trump isn’t funny anymore. And that has prompted some writers, actors and producers behind SNL to ask this question: What if he wins? And will anyone blame them if he does?

  • FactsWillOut

    Do people actually still watch that show? Sure it was funny back when Belushi, Radner, Curtain and Chase were on it, but it’s been pure crap since then.

    • Clausewitz

      Been irrelevant for more than 30 years. Just leftist masturbation on late night TV for all of the stoned Saturday night wankers.

  • Millie_Woods

    I wonder who watches SNL these days. That’s not meant to be dismissive, I honestly don’t know anybody who watches it, I got bored with it sometime in the 1980’s, nobody I worked with in the last 25 years talked about it or asked “did you watch Saturday Night Live on the weekend?” Nope, not once. I don’t even see it mentioned in on-line comments anywhere. Is it possible that it’s just part of the media echo chamber, that the SNL cast puts on a skit that virtually nobody watches and the media turns it into what passes for news these days?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Hard Little Machine

      Like Amy Schumer it stopped being comedy a long long long long time ago. Now it’s just an insufferable self appointed liberal arbiter of what it demands we think. Why else would there be such a wind up to get people to watch it. When was Alex Baldwin ‘funny’? Seriously. Is he comic actor or serious actor doing hit pieces that his audience assumes is satire?

      Kind of reminds me of Bill Hicks, who all liberals worship. Problem is even HE didn’t think he was a comedian. He saw himself as an angry scold telling people they were stupid if they didn’t agree with him. Ditto Lenny Bruce and George Carlin at the end of their careers.

      Alec Baldwin would just as soon demand to do his Trump schtick on MSNBC as a ‘straight’ news show.

      • Millie_Woods

        I hear ya. TV has pretty much ran it’s course as an entertainment medium and has turned into a mechanism for enforcing ideological purity. We can’t even watch football without some jackass forcing his loser politics us.

  • Doug Kursk

    I don’t often read WaPo, but my…what a collection of left wing nuts, malcontents and haters!! It is to weep that satire, in their minds, should only ever be used to destroy conservative thoughts and opinions. Incidentally, it is not a desire to satirize Clinton that motivates the female SNL is nothing more than a thinly disguised tribute.

    • andycanuck

      I think SNL has only gone after Obama once in the past 8 years and that was the Chinese premier’s speech being translated with “Why are you screwing me!?” being rendered as “Why you do sex to me!?”

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Satire, said George S. Kaufman, is a Broadway show that closes on Saturday night.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    I am sure no one who isn’t already ready to shoot Trump personally is watching SNL.

  • Trump’s actually appeared on SNL. I don’t know of him having hosted it or anything, but I have seen him on it playing himself. (No, I haven’t watched that borefest in years either.) He’s a New York fixture, not an outsider like Palin. They might go easy on him for that reason.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course it’s only a matter of time before Alec Baldwin gets in a drunken fistfight with someone in the audience, while screaming racist homophobic epithets. I mean this IS Alec Baldwin.

  • Clink9

    They’re such rebels this new breed of “comedians”.

    Yes, let’s keep the Clintons in power for another 30 years.

    Yes master.

  • lolwut?

    Who even watches it?