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"Saturday Night Live" is a popular sketch-comedy show that has run on [[NBC]] since 1975.
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'''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.  If fact, the episode that aired after the 2016 Presidental Election featured a somber opening with cast member Kate McKinnon, dressed as Hillary Clinton, performing the Leonard Cohen song, Hallelujah, who had died earlier that week.  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.<ref>http://100percentfedup.com/saturday-night-live-mocks-liberals-hilarious-spoof-using-pro-trump-pug-video/</ref>
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In the past, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, the show turned some of its minor players into feature film actors including:
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*[http://imdb.com/name/nm0000101/ Dan Akroyd] ([http://www.bluesbrothers.com/ ''The Blues Brothers''] and [[Ghostbusters]])
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5LX16zia2k Eddie Murphy] ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKYl6y8qGqw ''Coming to America''], [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LgQyxS4-Os ''Trading Places''] and [http://www.klumps.com/ ''The Nutty Professor''])
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*[http://imdb.com/name/nm0000196/ Mike Myers] ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sO4zTmKLf8 ''Wayne's World''], [http://www.austinpowers.com/ ''Austin Powers''], and  [http://www.shrek.com/main.php ''Shrek''])
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*[http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/julia-louis-dreyfus/159255 Julia Louis Dreyfuss] ([http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/shows/seinfeld/ ''Seinfeld''])
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*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwYQBV66rbM Adam Sandler] ([http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/50firstdates/ ''50 First Dates''] and [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/happy_gilmore/ ''Happy Gilmore''])
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* [http://www.harryshearer.com/ Harry Shearer] ([http://www.thesimpsons.com/bios/bios_actors_shearer.htm ''The Simpsons''] and [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU3H1Um4Ju4&feature=related ''This is Spinal Tap''])
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On the weekend before the 2018 general election, ''Saturday Night Live'' aired an attack on "unusually looking" [[Republican Party|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.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://people.com/tv/republican-candidate-veteran-dan-crenshaw-pete-davidson-apology-joke-kenan-thompson-reacts/|title=Veteran Dan Crenshaw Says Pete Davidson Shouldn't Apologize for Joke — But SNL Costar Disagrees|publisher=People.com|date=November 5, 2018|author=Jodi Guglielmi|accessdate=November 6, 2018}}</ref>
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Grayson Quay wrote at The American Conservative website:
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{{Cquote|On May 8, the notoriously left-wing Vice ran an opinion piece by Harry Cheadle with the headline “‘SNL’ Cold Opens Are Unfunny, Elitist Pieces of Liberal Propaganda.” The piece went on to lambast these political segments for consisting almost entirely of “obvious applause lines” meant to reassure the “anti-[[Donald Trump|Trump]] crowd” that all of their “knee-jerk impulses and prejudices are correct.” This is not satire. This is preaching to the choir, or, as Cheadle puts it, “spoon-feeding the audience their own spit-up.” Satire is under no obligation to mock all sides equally, and it certainly can and should take aim at particular targets. But it cannot be allowed merely to soothe its viewers into complacency. Most anti-Trump comedy exists only to remind liberals that everybody who matters already agrees with them and that anyone who doesn’t agree is crazy... This level of smugness, which bears just as much responsibility for Trump’s rise as Trump himself, is ripe for satire.<ref>[https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-donald-trump-killed-left-wing-political-satire/ How Donald Trump Killed Left-Wing Political Satire] by Grayson Quay, The American Conservative website</ref>}}
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== Current Cast ==
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'''Repertory players'''
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*Beck Bennett
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*Aidy Bryant
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*'''Michael Che'''
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*Pete Davidson
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*Mikey Day
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*Heidi Gardner
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*'''Colin Jost'''
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*Kate McKinnon
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*Alex Moffat
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*Kyle Mooney
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*Chris Redd
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*Cecily Strong
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*Kenan Thompson
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*Melissa Villaseñor
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'''Featured Players'''
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*Chloe Fineman
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*Ego Nwodim
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*Bowen Yang
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'''Bold''' denotes Weekend Update anchor.
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== See also ==
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*[[Leftism and humor]]
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*[[Atheism and humor]]
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==Notes and references==
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{{reflist}}
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[[Category:Hollywood Values]]

Latest revision as of 01:40, 11 February 2020

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. If fact, the episode that aired after the 2016 Presidental Election featured a somber opening with cast member Kate McKinnon, dressed as Hillary Clinton, performing the Leonard Cohen song, Hallelujah, who had died earlier that week. 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.[1]

In the past, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, the show turned some of its minor players into feature film actors including:

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.[2]

Grayson Quay wrote at The American Conservative website:

On May 8, the notoriously left-wing Vice ran an opinion piece by Harry Cheadle with the headline “‘SNL’ Cold Opens Are Unfunny, Elitist Pieces of Liberal Propaganda.” The piece went on to lambast these political segments for consisting almost entirely of “obvious applause lines” meant to reassure the “anti-Trump crowd” that all of their “knee-jerk impulses and prejudices are correct.” This is not satire. This is preaching to the choir, or, as Cheadle puts it, “spoon-feeding the audience their own spit-up.” Satire is under no obligation to mock all sides equally, and it certainly can and should take aim at particular targets. But it cannot be allowed merely to soothe its viewers into complacency. Most anti-Trump comedy exists only to remind liberals that everybody who matters already agrees with them and that anyone who doesn’t agree is crazy... This level of smugness, which bears just as much responsibility for Trump’s rise as Trump himself, is ripe for satire.[3]

Current Cast

Repertory players

  • Beck Bennett
  • Aidy Bryant
  • Michael Che
  • Pete Davidson
  • Mikey Day
  • Heidi Gardner
  • Colin Jost
  • Kate McKinnon
  • Alex Moffat
  • Kyle Mooney
  • Chris Redd
  • Cecily Strong
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Melissa Villaseñor

Featured Players

  • Chloe Fineman
  • Ego Nwodim
  • Bowen Yang

Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor.

See also

Notes and references