There have been a lot of questions rearing their ugly heads in the months leading up to the Presidential election and the days following that election. A lot of these question revolve around late night TV programs and what their role is. While some late night hosts--Samantha Bee and Seth Meyers in particular--have opted to go hard on the political commentary, other shows have tried to be entertainment for the everyman--no matter what they think politically. Sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live has taken flack for being too leftist by some and for being too right-skewing by others. Recently, "Weekend Update" host Michael Che spoke out about his feelings regarding the criticism the show has gotten from individuals on both sides.
That's a pretty lengthy quote, but what it boils down to is that Michael Che and many of the other individuals who help with the creative direction of Saturday Night Live feel like the show is at its core about comedy and poking fun at our individual beliefs and biases. That's why one week the series may have Donald Trump on to host and another week the show might incense Donald Trump to the point where he tweets out that the series isn't funny at all. Other Presidential hopefuls, from Hillary Clinton to even the likes of Ben Carson some months past, had to deal with caricatures being made of their opinions and personalities, as well. Last weekend, the series featured a sketch about Hillary supporters getting upset about the election loss and this week the show brought back Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump, indicating it is at least trying to play things down the middle, even if that isn't clear for everyone during every single episode.
The lengthy interview with Uproxx touches more upon the subject, as the writer spends time pushing Michael Che on the show's perspective and various choices this season, but the "Weekend Update" host simply says that a lot of times people disagree about certain jokes or even whether or not Donald Trump should have hosted. At the end of the day, Che only has his own opinion on the matter. He also makes another point about the late night series that's worth noting:
SNL has gone through ebbs and flows through the years, and the cast and writing team is constantly in flux. This year, the show lost a couple of really talented performers in Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, but I think it's pretty telling that the show has continued to produce content that has people talking, whether because Tom Hanks is playing "Black Jeopardy!" or Alec Baldwin is on as Donald Trump. Season 42 has been a good one for the late night comedy sketch series, and we can only hope that continues as the show heads into 2017.
To hear more from Michael Che, check out Michael Che Matters on Netflix starting November 25. And find out what else Netflix has coming up with our premiere schedule.
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