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“You’re Fired” from Comedy: Donald Trump SNL Review

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Delaney Doherty, Crown Staff Writer

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As the presidential race kicks off and the debates commence, the writers of
Saturday Night Live begin their reign of comedic terror on the presidential hopefuls for 2016.  SNL, currently in their forty-first season, has been poking fun at presidential candidates since day one.  In past years, Saturday Night Live has given assistance to the candidates to become elected as our nation’s leader.  In the documentary, Live From New York!, Will Ferrell stated that his characterization of President Bush “made him [Bush] more likable.”  The controversial republican, Donald Trump is usually portrayed by long-time cast member, Taran Killam, but now the candidate will now be hosting.  

The highly anticipated host, Donald Trump, is known for being rather malicious towards his opponents, mediators, and famous celebrities, usually women.  With this infamous status, Trump skyrocketed ratings that have not been seen for the show since January 2012.  Waiting for the drama to unfold that weekend, Trump didn’t quite give us the entertainment we were waiting for.  He was probably restricted from sketches, due to his reputation for the election, seeing that he played a very minor role in the late-night show that evening.  The “Not Ready for Primetime Players” tried to pick up the slack of the fallen host, which was rather difficult, they pulled a comedic genius out of their hat.  Larry David joined the cast once again for the cold open to play the role of democrat, Bernie Sanders.  The Seinfeld writer helped significantly in the show, though only being in one sketch, the actor was one of the main highlights of the evening.

Saturday Night Live is acclaimed for their parodies of music, movies, television, media, etc.  Trump had the honor to be featured alongside SNL alumnus, Martin Short, in the parody of the mononymously known, Drake, and his song Hotline Bling.  Martin Short reprised his character “Ed Grimley,” who is known for his peculiar dance moves and greasy hair.  While Trump played a “tax guy,” in which he had two lines.  The effervescent video now has more than three million views on Youtube.
Presidential candidates will often make guest appearances, but rarely host, which we have discovered is for the best.  Hillary Clinton got positive backlash from her guest appearance on the show, earlier this season.  Guest appearances are exciting to viewers, mostly because they are left wanting more.  As hosting can turn out badly for the host, viewers, and show.  The host can receive negative backlash, the viewers could be suffering of boredom, and the show could drop in ratings or be reflected on poorly.  Donald Trump will continue to be on the show as a character, but we shouldn’t be expecting him to host any time in the future.

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