Every presidential election offers up plenty of material for comedians and shows like Saturday Night Live. It’s like hunting season for comedians. The material is out there, and all they have to do is watch the debates and rallies.
However, when Alec Baldwin started impersonating Donald Trump, he never imagined his impersonation would become as legendary as it has. No one expected Trump to win. They expected him to lose and eventually fade into a noisy background of criticism of what should have been President Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidency.
However, Trump won. Though terrible for America, his presidency has been a boon for comedians and Saturday Night Live writers. No president has ever offered up so much material to a show. Baldwin spoke with PBS about this. In fact, he said when he does his impersonation, Trump is literally the head writer of his character’s skits on the show. Baldwin said:
‘Well, nearly 90 percent of what we say and do are verbatim transcriptions of what Trump has said. We don’t really have to go very far to find the material. Trump himself is just spewing it out on a daily basis or a weekly basis.’
Ninety-percent of what they do is literally what Trump actually says. It’s not parodying the president. It’s merely replicating and repeating what the actual president has said previously.
He added in the interview:
‘So it’s not about politics meaning I’m misstating or misquoting things that he said and did. That’s one of the jokes we told is that Trump would say how he hates the media, and he hates NBC and he hates “SNL,” because I say things, and they repeat it right back to the public, he would say. They repeat all the things I say.
‘Of course he’s tormented by the fact that we repeat all the things that he says.’
Baldwin has recently released the book You Can’t Spell America Without Me, which is a memoir of sorts of Trump’s presidency as told by Baldwin’s version of Trump.
With three years left in the first (and hopefully only) term of Trump’s presidency, Baldwin will be busy for the next three years with plenty of material. We will need the laughter, though. With the way things are going in just the first year of Trump’s term, America is headed towards a sad and dismal future.
You can watch Baldwin’s interview with PBS below.
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