Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live (often shortened to just SNL) was an immensely popular sketch-comedy show starting in 1975 on NBC, but as it became more politically correct, it predictably became less funny starting in the 2000s. SNL's poor attempt to parody Sarah Palin was widely promoted by the remainder of the liberal media. Sometimes, SNL does make fun of liberals like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, but it still attacks conservatives and their views. Indeed, after Donald Trump won the American presidency, SNL's writers began using staunch liberal actor Alec Baldwin to unfairly parody Trump whenever humanly possible. SNL continues to run weekly from fall to spring each year despite its lack of cultural influence and increase in liberal politicization. Despite this, however, there was at least one skit that actually does attempt to mock liberal values, where a business does mind-reading technology on a dog, Max the Pug, and Max turns out to be a Trump supporter and ends up refuting a whole lot of liberal arguments easily in a very humorous manner.
In the past, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, the show turned some of its minor players into feature film actors including:
- Dan Akroyd (The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters)
- Eddie Murphy (Coming to America, Trading Places and The Nutty Professor)
- Mike Myers (Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and Shrek)
- Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Seinfeld)
- Adam Sandler (50 First Dates and Happy Gilmore)
- Harry Shearer (The Simpsons and This is Spinal Tap)
On the weekend before the 2018 general election, Saturday Night Live aired an attack on "unusually looking" Republican candidates. Liberal comedian Pete Davidson placed on the screen the photo of the one-eyed Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw amid much laughter though Davidson said in his remarks that Crenshaw had lost the eye in war. Crenshaw, who did not see the live broadcast, said that any apology that might come from Saturday Night Live would be insincere and therefore unacceptable. Instead, he urged the program to donate $1 million to veterans' causes.
- Beck Bennett (Joined 2013)
- Aidy Bryant (Joined 2012)
- Michael Che (Joined 2014)
- Pete Davidson (Joined 2014)
- Leslie Jones (Joined 2014)
- Colin Jost (Joined 2014)
- Kate McKinnon (Joined 2012)
- Kyle Mooney (Joined 2013)
- Cecily Strong (Joined 2012)
- Kenan Thompson (Joined 2003)
- Mikey Day (Joined 2016)
- Heidi Gardner (Joined 2017)
- Alex Moffat (Joined 2016)
- Luke Null (Joined 2017)
- Chris Redd (Joined 2017)
- Melissa Villaseñor (Joined 2016)
Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor.
Notes and references
- Jodi Guglielmi (November 5, 2018). Veteran Dan Crenshaw Says Pete Davidson Shouldn't Apologize for Joke — But SNL Costar Disagrees. People.com. Retrieved on November 6, 2018.