Once upon a time, “Saturday Night Live” was funny.
Last weekend’s over-the-top cold open featuring adult actress Stormy Daniels playing herself merely added to the growing stack of evidence of what “used to be.”
The show’s viciously anti-Trump slant is on prominent display every single Saturday night. Now “SNL” just serves as the achingly predictable arm of the Left’s resistance movement.
Actor, comedian, and radio talk show host Joe Piscopo, a cast member of “SNL” from 1980 to 1984, agrees. Piscopo joined host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday night’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News.
“Now, it’s so political that I think it turns a lot of people off,” said Ingraham. She compared the show’s current sorry state to that produced by such “SNL” greats of the past as Jane Curtin, Phil Hartman, and Eddie Murphy — who did “comedy to end all comedy.”
“I have such immense respect for ‘SNL,’” said Piscopo. But “it was a mistake to put Stormy Daniels on the program. The show is better than that,” he said.
He suggested that both Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff would make great fodder for an “SNL” skit — and Ingraham suggested Sheila Jackson Lee and Nancy Pelosi would make additional good candidates for spoofing.
“[Don] Rickles could be really cutting and rude, but it was hilarious,” said Ingraham. “If you were being spoofed, you laughed right along with it,” she added. “It’s different today.”
Piscopo agreed, adding that he’s a “huge Alec Baldwin fan.” Baldwin — week after boring week — does a Trump impression on “SNL” (something Baldwin had vowed to stop, but that’s another story.)
Piscopo went on to describe meeting former President Ronald Reagan after actually playing him on the show. He said that meeting changed his life and political outlook. And he suggested that President Trump should invite Baldwin to the White House.
“Everybody’s got to lighten up,” said Piscopo. “We can laugh a little bit. Just don’t put porn stars on national television.”
Piscopo is among a small cadre of “SNL” veterans who don’t always toe the liberal line as well as show boss Lorne Michaels would likely prefer.
Rob Schneider, for example, took issue with Baldwin’s portrayal of President Trump, comparing it less than favorably to Dana Carvey’s funny but respectful impersonation of former President George H.W. Bush in the ’80s and ’90s, as The New York Daily News reported. Bush 41 actually embraced the portrayal — and even appeared on the show alongside Carvey-as-Bush.
What should drive program decisions is creativity and a desire to entertain.
Other “SNL” entertainers from the past share similar and markedly non-liberal sentiments that directly counter those expressed on today’s show. Victoria Jackson, for example, opposes gay marriage. Dennis Miller is well-known as a liberal-turned-conservative. Yet the political opinions of the stars — past and present — shouldn’t dictate the show’s content. What should drive those decisions is creativity and a desire to entertain.
Some folks, of course, didn’t mind at all the appearance of Stormy Daniels on “SNL.” One of them, ironically enough, was Michael Avenatti, her lawyer.
Avenatti appears convinced that unearthing details of Trump’s alleged, years-old consensual relationship is what’s really going to turn our country around.
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.