We all know Tina Fey as the queen of political comedy. Her consistently hysterical portrayal of Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential race was a highlight of Saturday Night Live at the time. And now, with the 2016 race in its beginning stages, there is one particular candidate that Tina Fey is quite excited about— none other than Donald Trump. Why you may ask? Well, Fey deems Trump’s presidential bid particularly great for the comedy industry.
During a panel at Television Critics Association for Fey’s hit Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt the actress/writer/comedian goddess, was naturally prompted about the current presidential race. To which she pointed out that Donald Trump’s bid will make particularly great joke fodder (via Variety):
It's great for comedy. It’s one of those things where I’m sure ‘Saturday Night Live’ wishes they were on the air right now … next year at this time you’ll be doing a panel with just Darrell Hammond.
Trump’s campaign has been nothing if not controversial, prime material for comedy. And while Fey admitted that she doesn’t have any “fully formed jokes” for Trump’s run quite yet, you better believe she’d love to get right in the middle of some classic SNL riffs tearing the outspoken billionaire apart. And considering Trump’s celebrity status, we wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to pop in on the sketch comedy series.
Fey suggests SNL alum Darrell Hammond reprise his parody role as Donald Trump. The comedian, most known for his Bill Clinton impression, also pulls off a hysterical Donald Trump.
And Tina Fey isn’t the only one who can’t wait to get started on the Trump jokes. Current writer and Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost is hoping Trump will still be around when Season 41 of SNL starts up. Jost told Business Insider:
Who would not want to see Trump and Hillary [Clinton] debate? It would be so wonderful, it's like as a comedy writer, and you don't care about America, you're just rooting for him as a comedy writer. I don't think he's going anywhere. In the meantime, before it gets to an actual decision, I'm thrilled that he's around because the entertainment value is high.
Time will tell how where the presidential race takes us. Right now, Trump is leading the Republican polls. So if this continues, expect some spectacular comedy in our future.