1975 is the year I graduated from High School. It is also the year that Saturday Night Live premiered. SNL is as American as Apple Pie. Who could forget Gilda Radner as Rosanna-Roseannadana?
The comedic genius of Bill Murray , Chevy Chase, and Steve Martin was unforgettable!
After 42 seasons it seemed that SNL had lost some of its greatest talent. Then came Donald Trump. During the 2016 campaign he vowed to make America Great Again. Yet he failed to tell us how he would do it.
Now we know. Trump gets all the credit. He has made SNL great again, and therefore…he has made America laugh again! In a time when America, and the world, face so many seemingly insurmountable problems, Donald Trump has provided the material that comedians spend a generation praying for. Just the images from some of the shows make us laugh.
Of course, providing the material wasn’t the only contribution of Trump. He attacked the series and Baldwin’s impersonation of him on Twitter, saying that the actor’s “portrayal stinks” and that it’s “time to retire the boring and unfunny show.” This attention by Trump helped advertise the show.
SNL is now in the midst of a viewership revival.”SNL” is averaging 7.4 million viewers an episode. Add to those numbers the audience, like us, who watch on line, and that number jumps to 10.6 million in one week. This marks the show’s biggest audience in 22 years.
SNL’s ratings are yuge! Alec Baldwin, impersonating Trump, has hosted the show for a record 17th time in a row. Baldwin has gotten bigger ratings than Trump himself. When Trump hosted the show in November 2015, the episode brought in a 6.6 overnight rating.
Saturday’s episode featured Baldwin’s Trump his day in court highlighting the unconstitutional nature of his travel ban, which has been blocked by federal courts. The twist? it was “The People’s Court.”
“SNL” also brought back Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after her widely popular sketch. McCarthy’s Spicer ate a giant piece of red gum and rode the press briefing room’s podium right into the White House press corps.
And every now and then Putin appears to inspire laughter simply because he never wears a shirt.
So let’s give Trump a big “thank-you” for making America laugh again!