Don’t ask the folks at “Saturday Night Live” to grow up. They clearly have no intention of ever doing so.
The May 6 show made clear the leftwing show has very little interest in moving to political middle ground or advancing its satire in a substantial way. Yet the latest episode, hosted by actor Chris Pine, was incredibly mild compared to past episodes that have directly targeted President Donald Trump, while turning a blind eye toward anything the Democrats do. For instance, you won’t find people like Howard Dean mocked for openly calling for convicting free speech and misunderstanding the Constitution; and college safe spaces are prime material left in the pitch room.
Still, the latest “SNL” episode couldn’t resist poking fun at the engagement of “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. “If you’re listening to loud classic rock followed by the most casual of political conversations, it must be ‘Morning Joe,'” said Kate McKinnon in the cold open (who played Brzezinski in the sketch).
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The sketch had fun with the on-air banter between the real-life couple, but the writers (of course) managed to fit in some potshots at Republicans for their health care bill. As usual with “Saturday Night Live,” by sticking with the typical leftwing talking points and targets, their humor tends to be exhausted by the time Saturday night rolls around.
A separate sketch parodied the ’90s cartoon “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” and asked instead, “Where in the World Is Kellyanne Conway?”
“Well, she used to be on TV, on like every single panel. Then one day we all woke up and she was no longer there. What could have happened? She is not on any channel. Tell me, where in the world is Kellyanne Conway?”
There was no mention, of course, of people like the real-life “Morning Joe” hosts openly banning Conway from their programs.
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Two contestants in the sketch declared they didn’t actually want to find Conway, while the mock host joked, “Seven weeks in a row and no one wants to find that woman.”
The politically charged “Weekend Update” segment, which will be getting its own spinoff soon, was one-sided; no surprise there. A portion was dedicated to a segment listing the president’s accomplishments over the past 100 days. The song “You’re the Best” played while on-screen text scrolled: “Gorsuch. Health Care??? Cake. Golf.” The camera then cut back to co-host Colin Jost — who was caught sipping coffee and saying, “I thought I had more time.”
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As we said: exhausted.
However, the “Update” leg of the show did manage to fit in a rare shot at Democrats when Jost joked, “A woman arrested for drunk driving in Pennsylvania falsely told police that her name was Hillary Clinton. Police knew it wasn’t her, though, because Hillary Clinton would never go to Pennsylvania.”