Donald Trump Skits Saturday Night Live
There were protests, and generally bad reviews of the show, but it didn’t stop people from tuning in to see the trainwreck. Last night’s Saturday Night Live with Donald Trump as host, smashed the ratings.
In the overnight metered markets, Saturday’s show scored a 6.6/16 in households, “SNL’s” best overnights since January 2012. In adults 18-49, the episode drew a 2.7 rating, tops for the show since February 2014.
Previous episodes this season have averaged around 2.0 in adults 18-49 and the low to mid-4s in household.
There you have it. The reason why NBC went back on its initial ban of all things Trump. It’s all about the money, honey. If they hadn’t replaced him on Celebrity Apprentice with Arnold Schwarzenegger, bet he’d have his old job back by now.
Nevermind that last night’s SNL was mostly an unfunny mess.
The bright spots:
This parody of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video gave me life…that is until the Donald showed up. But then, Martin Short on my screen as Ed Grimley and made it all better. Comparing Drake’s dancing to dorky white guy moves = genius.
I’m a badass, leaving ice cream in the bread aisle. Also: Blissfully Trump free.
The Cold Open
An open Democratic presidential candidates forum “a debate nobody watches” featured Martin O’Malley (Taran Killam), Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) and Bernie Sanders (Larry David returns!) answering questions from MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow (Cecily Strong). Larry David continued the hilarity as Sanders and a special shoutout to Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones for A+ WTF reaction shots from the audience.
Now for the not so funny:
Donald Trump’s Monologue
The essential problem with inviting Donald Trump to host SNL, even beyond questions of fairness to the Republican presidential candidates he’s running against, is that he’s a racist and misogynist. Giving him a platform where the things he says and does are played off as innocuous is beyond distasteful. SNL producer, Lorne Michaels, will obviously do anything for attention and ratings. Remember that Mike Myers’ Dr. Evil character from Austin Powers is based on his former boss. So there you go.
In the monologue, Trump was joined by Taran Killam and Darrell Hammond impersonating him, and they were wonderful as usual. Larry David made an appearance to shout “Trump is racist,” and mentions the Hispanic group who offered a $5,000 reward to any audience member who shouted that during the broadcast. On the surface, it’s a clever joke. But really, it was all about Michael’s attempting to take the piss out of the protesters, and any audience member who was planning on taking up the group on their challenge. As an aside, the group plans to give Larry David the $5000. He should donate the money to an anti-racist organization.
This live tweeting sketch perfectly illustrates what was all wrong with Trump’s appearance. During this bit, Trump announces he didn’t have time to rehearse the sketch, so he’ll live tweet it instead. Throughout, the tweets use the kind of language he’s used against his opponents on twitter, playing his nasty hateful personality for laughs, essentially giving him a pass. Yuck.
Trump’s Daughter, Ivanka, makes a cameo in this White House skit. Cecily Strong as Trump’s wife was the best thing about this bit, which imagined a Donald Trump presidency making the world a better place. Pointless and offensive at times–I cringed when the president of Mexico (Beck Bennett) entered the room with a check for the wall, and a pledge to change Telemundo to all English. So not funny.
Trump threatens to shoot the leader of Toots in the Maytals, played by Kenan Thompson. HILARIOUS! WTF? Seriously, could Lorne Michaels be anymore tone deaf? Poor Sia had to wait backstage during that, before Trump introduced her.
Only Weekend Update was given a little leeway to mock Trump. Just a little–as when Michael Che ripped his tag line, “Make America Great Again.” Michael said, “Whenever rich old white guys bring up the good old days, my negro senses start tingling.” He added, “With all those years of progress, Tump is going to go, ‘I think we had it right the first time!'”
The “Drunk Uncle” (Bobby Moynihan) bit brilliantly skewered the sensibility that finds Trump’s ugly rhetoric appealing. “HER NAME IS BRUCE!” screams drunk uncle, referring to Caitlyn Jenner. And, “YEAH I’M AFRAID OF GEORGE LOPEZ!”
SNL is supposed to be taking down Donald Trump, not giving him a platform to legitimize his offensive behavior. Really disappointing, SNL.