Remember a few years back when SNL was all around just pretty weak? Unless there was a bomb ass host, the episodes seemed the fall flat more often than not.
And cue, the 2016 presidential race. The material was handed out like free candy and SNL did it so right. They kept us laughing when we all thought it was a joke, and continued to keep us laughing when things started to get scary. And then when we all thought we’d never laugh again (still recovering), SNL did it so right.
Last Saturday night was a weird time. It was a few days post apocalypse. Half the country was praising the new leader of the free world while the other half was in mourning of any progression set forth by the current administration. Social media was a war zone and tensions were incredibly high and sensitive. I, for one, was in desperate need of constant distraction that I found in ways of over sleeping and over drinking.
So when it was time to watch the legend Dave Chapelle host SNL, it was the first time all week that I felt a sense of okay-ness. I wasn’t sure how it would play out, would they go too politically charged or would they not acknowledge it enough?
Well, all doubt was alleviated after Kate McKinnon stole the show before it even started. Her reprise of “Hallelujah” as Hillary Clinton was uplifting and moving, while still paying homage to the hopelessness many of us felt.
This weekend, a legend in the form of Kristen Wiig returns to the stage to continue to deliver much needed laughs to the American people. SNL knows we need the comedic relief, and they’re doing it so right. So thank you Lorne Michaels and cast, thanks for shedding some light on those of us who feel really fucking dim lately.FOLLOW THE OPEN FIELD