The folks at “Saturday Night Live” found that focusing nearly 100 percent of their content on the president last season gave them a ratings boost — and it was so profitable they had to keep the party going all year.
While “SNL” is on hiatus for the summer, the “Weekend Update” segment has been spun off into its own show, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che.
For those who don’t know, the “Weekend Update” bits are where “SNL” gets the most political and one-sided, with Jost and Che acting as mock news anchors and focusing the majority of their coverage and scorn on right-of-center politicians and the president.
It’s tiring and unoriginal at this point — but it energizes liberals who are looking for any and all opportunities to rip into President Donald Trump. So it’s no surprise the “Weekend Update” show is all Trump, all the time.
For the Thursday premiere episode, comedian Bill Hader stopped by to impersonate a man who worked in the White House for less than two weeks: former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
Hader said he had “no regrets, baby,” but he wasn’t surprised by his short time with the White House, saying, “All I did was sell my company, miss the birth of my child, and ruin my entire reputation, all to be king of idiot mountain for 11 days.”
The rest of the segment was just as ridiculous — with Hader saying things like, “When I hear my name three times, I appear like a Goomba Beetlejuice.”
“SNL” essentially weaponized itself against the president in its past season, which is not good news for anyone — no matter the political affiliation — who enjoys and appreciates the value of satire. Any show that features a cast tearfully singing “Hallelujah” after their candidate loses the presidency or sings a big love letter to a president when he leaves office has gone off the rails and lost most if not all of its credibility.
The trouble with satirizing Scaramucci is that it doesn’t do much at all to injure the current administration. His short tenure with the White House has been mocked through social media and memes by the Right just as much as the Left. Most of his base, actually, saw his firing as a positive move on the part of the president.
“Weekend Update” may be trying just as hard to be a political weapon against Trump as “SNL” — but this group will need to try harder than mocking a man who has been mocked to death already for weeks by both political sides.
As usual, “SNL” is behind the ball and late to the game.