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Melissa McCarthy Skewers Sean Spicer Again on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The comedian, whose first impersonation of the White House press secretary went viral, zeroes in on President Trump’s travel ban and the Ivanka Trump-Nordstrom debacle.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Dissident Cartoonist Mr. Fish: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Failing to Deal With Trump

In an appearance on Chris Hedges’ RT show “On Contact,” the artist warns against depicting the president as a “figure of fun.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Saturday Night Live’ Skewers Immigration Ban (Video)

Beck Bennett (pictured) plays a Homeland Security agent in a skit inspired by Donald Trump’s workplace troubles. Also, episode host Kristen Stewart works in a few zingers at the president’s expense.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


In ‘SNL’ Skit, ‘Hillary Clinton’ Pleads With Electors to Vote for Anyone but Trump (Video)

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon plays Clinton in an appearance inspired by the movie “Love Actually.” She begs members of the Electoral College to consider their options before they have their final say in the presidential election.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Demagogue-in-Chief

Donald Trump will use the presidency to inflate his personality cult and increase his family’s wealth. Those who do not pay homage to his megalomania, or swell the profits of his financial empire, will be viciously attacked and persecuted.

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Donald Trump Deserves to Be Ridiculed—It’s the One Thing That Terrifies Him

The president-elect has demonstrated repeatedly that he doesn’t like being on the receiving end of certain jokes, making that kind of humor a useful tool for resistance during his tenure in office.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE


‘Saturday Night Live’ Tears Into Trump’s Careless Twitter Use and Scary Cabinet Choices (Video)

A lot of viewers probably feel the same shiver that goes down comedian Kenan Thompson’s spine in a recent SNL skit when he realizes that Donald Trump will be president in seven short weeks.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Alec Baldwin’s Return to ‘SNL’ Playing Donald Trump Sets Off Twitter Feud With the President-Elect

“You want more advice, call me,” the “Saturday Night Live” actor wrote to Trump, who tweeted there was “nothing funny” about the sketch starring Baldwin that aired this weekend.

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


SNL: ‘Hillary’ Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen; Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle on Racist Voters (Video)

Two powerful skits aired on “Saturday Night Live” after the election, one which simultaneously bid goodbye to Hillary Clinton and Leonard Cohen; another which pointed out just how blind white liberals were during this election.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Alec Baldwin’s Trump Reanimates ‘Saturday Night Live’ in Season Premiere

The actor’s venomous impersonation of the GOP nominee has been called the jolt the late-night comedy show needed.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


On ‘SNL,’ ‘Hillary’ Admits to ‘Bernie’ the System Is Rigged as They Toast Wasserman Schultz (Video)

While the most recent “Saturday Night Live” clip featuring Larry David as Bernie Sanders and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton is full of nuggets of truth, it also shows some bias toward the former secretary of state—much like the head of the Democratic National Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Old ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch Shows the Genius of Ronald Reagan (Video)

The 40th president had a reputation as a rube, but that persona may have been an act. Look no further than the late Phil Hartman’s impersonation of the former commander in chief in 1986.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Hillary’ in ‘SNL’ Skit Tries to Hide Being a Sore Loser, Tells Young N.Y. Voters to Stay Home

Kate McKinnon plays an anxious and desperately ingratiating Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” in the lead-up to next week’s crucial New York primary.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Every ‘SNL’ Video About Hillary Clinton You Ever Wanted to Watch, All in One Place (Videos)

Take a look at how parodies of Hillary Clinton have evolved on “Saturday Night Live,” from Amy Poehler’s portrayal of the Democratic candidate during the 2008 primaries to Kate McKinnon’s take on the current campaign season.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Responds to ‘SNL’ Hillary Clinton Parody

Sanders’ reaction on Sunday night’s MSNBC town hall broadcast to a “Saturday Night Live” clip spoofing Hillary Clinton has almost drawn more attention than the original viral sketch. Will Hillary get the joke?

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders and Larry David on SNL Together Was as Hilarious as You’d Imagine

Comedian David dedicated a long bit on “Saturday Night Live” to a mashup of his character on his HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. And that’s not all that happened.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Tina Fey’s Latest Sarah Palin Spoof for ‘SNL’ Basically Wrote Itself

Tina Fey may be comically gifted, but when it came to her newest “Saturday Night Live” impression of Sarah Palin, in which Fey riffs on Palin’s bizarrely discordant endorsement of GOP front-runner Donald Trump, Fey essentially just had to show up and mimic the funny business Palin had already done for her.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: ‘SNL’ Spins a Tale of Two Hillarys, Skewers GOP Debate Shenanigans

It’s been a boffo week for political parody, and the comedic minds at “Saturday Night Live” have benefited from the windfall.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Adele Adds the Magic Ingredient to Heal Thanksgiving Political Tensions on ‘SNL’

“Saturday Night Live” served up an instant classic on its Nov. 21 episode, mixing what is set up to be a familiar scene this Thanksgiving—traditional dinner accompanied by a hearty helping of political differences and simmering tensions—with the magic of Adele to make it all better.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Donald Trump on ‘SNL’: Further Proof that Realiticians Are Running the Show

Then there was that time that a billionaire-real-estate-tycoon-turned-reality-television-magnate-turned-presidential-candidate broke recent network records with his hosting stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” thus ensuring that high ratings would boost him in his bid to buy his way into the White House. It’s all about ratings, right?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: And Now for the Inevitable Rachel Dolezal Late-Night TV Spoofery

Former Spokane NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal spent much of her adult life doing a kind of impression of herself in order to pass as black. On Monday night’s “Late Night With Seth Myers,” comic actor Maya Rudolph, who actually comes from a mixed-race background, debuted her impression of Dolezal.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Is North Korea Behind Hack Attack on Sony?

As top brass at Sony Pictures Entertainment scramble to contain the considerable fallout from last month’s cyberattack by a hacking collective calling itself Guardians of Peace, investigators still haven’t pinpointed the geographical source of the online onslaught. 

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



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‘SNL’: Stefon’s Farewell Features Anderson Cooper

In the season finale, “SNL” gave a fitting tribute to the character, as Stefon—played by outgoing cast member Bill Hader—gave us all one more “New York City’s hottest nightclub” to add to his list before abruptly leaving Seth Meyers to go marry ... Anderson Cooper.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Weighs In On IRS Scandal, Bachmann Pushes 9/11 Pray Day, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Justice Department is caught spying on The Associated Press and a new poll shows Sarah Palin’s U.S. Senate prospects.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE


‘SNL’: Dennis Rodman Appears in Skit Mocking North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

In this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the show’s version of the North Korean ruler made a couple of major announcements regarding state policy on nuclear weapons and gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Saturday Night Live’ Explains the Sequester

As Democrats and Republicans haggle over the severity of the budget cuts, “Saturday Night Live” took the opportunity to explain how exactly the sequester could affect you—or at least, it mocked the possibilities on its latest show.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Ted Nugent Fires Back at ‘SNL’ for Mocking Him

Implicit in “SNL’s” version of Nugent—played in the “Fox & Friends” skit by Bill Hader—is that the right-wing rocker is, well, off his rocker.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama’s Immigration Plan Leaked, Krugman on the Minimum Wage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a congresswoman’s attempt to criminalize public female nipple exposure and “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE


A State of the Union Preview, ‘SNL’ Mocks GOP on Israel, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s warning to Karl Rove and the latest Republican threat against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



A Treasury Department Fail, ‘SNL’ Takes on Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a bipartisan agreement reached on immigration reform and Obama and Clinton give a joint interview on “60 Minutes.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


‘SNL’ Skit Mocks Lance Armstrong, Manti T’eo and Jodie Foster

The late-night comedy sketch program wasted no time making fun of the week’s big news events, tackling them in its opening skit that featured Taran Killam playing another person who has been in the headlines recently—CNN host Piers Morgan.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch: ‘SNL’ Honors Connecticut School Shooting Victims

“Saturday Night Live” deviated from its traditional comedic cold open to pay tribute to the children and adults who lost their lives in Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE



Allen West Recount Results, Ron Paul Talks Secession, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest governor to put a foot down on Obamacare and Chris Christie appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


‘SNL’ Spoofs Romney Election Loss

The presidential election can officially be put to rest now that “Saturday Night Live” has had the chance to weigh in.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



‘SNL’ Spoofs VP Debate, Fox News Questions Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Koch brothers’ attempt to get their employees to vote for Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate candidate’s son going birther at a fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Closes Gap, ‘SNL’ Mocks Debate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney makes a major foreign policy speech and a Republican lawmaker defends slavery.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE



Obama the ‘Clear Favorite,’ Clinton Aide Goes Rogue, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one state increasing access to birth control, Rick Perry’s poor debate performances explained and a funny “Saturday Night Live” parody of undecided voters.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Releases Tax Return, Clinton Visits ‘The Daily Show,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest swing state polls, why Paul Ryan was booed at the annual AARP conference and “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment in prime time.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


‘SNL’ Gets Political in 38th Season Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” got into the swing of election season with several political sketches that mocked such happenings as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Clint Eastwood’s much maligned Republican National Convention speech.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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Limbaugh’s ‘Ringing’ Endorsement, Another Bad GOP Rape Analogy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Todd Akin back on the campaign trail and news on a birtherism convention.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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‘SNL’ Helps Take Down Invasive Ultrasound Requirement

After a multimedia outcry that included a bit on “Saturday Night Live,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew support from a bill that would require women getting an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound beforehand. And yes, that’s every bit as unpleasant and invasive as it sounds.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE


A Culturally Sensitive Teach-In With Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson, “SNL” throwback and low-rent Lady Gaga, took another big misstep in her troubling transition from comedy to punditry with this Shariah-themed episode of “PolitiChicks,” which would play like self-parody if Jackson had the capacity for critical self-reflection.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Tracy Morgan Makes Nashville Stop on Apology Tour

At least he’s being thorough. Shamed “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan, who sparked anger with a homophobic rant at a standup gig in Nashville, Tenn., on June 3, returned Tuesday to the scene of his comedic crime to say he’s sorry. Seriously.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


But Was It Murder?

As much as we all might wish that the counter-narrative, with all of its uncomfortable implications, would fade away, it’s not likely to, given this country’s obsession with legal process.

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE


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Fey: No ‘Rock’ Boost From Playing Palin

She may have nailed her impersonation of Alaska’s foremost she-grizzly, Sarah Palin, and big snaps to her hairdresser while we’re at it, but Tina Fey says in her new ingeniously titled memoir, “Bossypants,” that playing Palin didn’t amount to big ratings for her main act, “30 Rock.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Betty White’s Senior Appeal

She’s old, she’s feisty, and this golden girl just delivered “Saturday Night Live” its best ratings since Tina Fey dressed up as Sarah Palin. White is a one-woman argument against retirement. Watch the full Mother’s Day episode after the jump.

Posted on May 9, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘SNL’ Alumna Victoria Jackson Says Obama’s a Communist

What happened to bubbly blond Victoria Jackson after her run on “Saturday Night Live”? Well, for her latest act she’s become a tea party demonstrator and she thinks the president’s a communist. “I watch Glenn Beck, and he has taught me well,” she tells Fox News’ Steve Doocy, adding, “Progressive is the new word for communist.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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