Saturday Night Live is thanking the Donald Trump administration with a four-part blowout finale. The president brought the show so much exquisite material that he helped the show soar into its highest ratings ever. SNL will end in a celebration of comedy never seen before on its stage.
Fortunately, Trump’s thin skin and fear of appearing weak gave the show ample opportunity to poke fun at him. Alec Baldwin’s imitation of the president has been spot-on this season. Then, there are the brilliant performances of Melissa McCarthy’s of press secretary Sean Spicer and his magic podium and Kate McKinnon’s up-from-the-dead Kellyanne Conway and the miniature Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
As SNL anticipates the glorious presidential tweets, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt explained to the Daily Beast the upcoming fireworks, beginning April 15th:
‘We thought it would be a great idea to broadcast to the west and mountain time zones live at the same time it’s being seen in the east and central time zones. That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time.’
SNL has seen its best ratings in two decades. The finale normally airs at 11:30 p.m. with taped broadcasts for its Mountain and Pacific audiences. The show’s last four episodes will all air live, which lets the entire country watch at the same time.
Weekend Update starring Colin Jost and Michael Che as anchors has raised the SNL classic skit to new heights in a brilliant satire of Trump’s headlines.
Last fall, creator Lorne Michaels talked about Weekend Update with Hollywood Reporter:
‘We spent a lot of time on it over the summer. I think it’s in a good place. I think [Colin Jost and Michael Che] are good with each other now. I mean, they were always good with each other in the sense of liking each other and getting along — but I think they’ve found a way to work that really good.’
SNL’s executive supervisor Rick Ludwin commented on the gifted McKinnon to CNN:
‘Kate has that sense of danger. You’re watching because you never know what could happen. John Belushi, Bill Murray, Farley, Sandler, Poehler, Wiig all had it. So does Leslie Jones. Having observed how Lorne puts the cast together, it’s vital to have a few who are dangerous.’
When the political news featuring its own reality star Donald Trump gets depressing, the best antidote is fine humor. SNL wins hands down.
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