SNL Loves an Election Year
NBC’s Saturday Night Live has been mining material from American politics for decades. In the lead-up to a presidential election, Americans tune in. A deep bench of SNL cast members have lent their talent or launched their careers impersonating politicians. The list includes comedic legends Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, and Phil Hartman as well as contemporary icons Tina Fey, Darrell Hammond, Kate McKinnon and, most recently, Alec Baldwin.
Just as Tina Fey returned to SNL in 2008 to portray Sarah Palin, this year Alec Baldwin has been brought back to lend his talent – and his star power – to impersonate Donald Trump in these final weeks before the election. Both the 2008 and 2016 SNL premieres garnered some of the show’s best viewership ratings.But not everyone is happy. Donald Trump has been a guest on Saturday Night Live a few times and has been impersonated on the show by several different SNL cast members. The November 2015 show he hosted spiked a three-year high in SNL ratings. He boasted during his monologue that he was hosting (for his second time) because he knows “how to take a joke.” However, after SNL’s aired it’s third episode of the season – all with Baldwin’s parody of “The Donald” – Mr. Trump expressed his displeasure by tweeting: “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”