Why Did SNL Do That O’Reilly/Trump Split Screen Sketch?
The most viewed sketch from this week’s Saturday Night Live is turning out to be an O’Reilly Factor parody, with Alec Baldwin playing both Bill O’Reilly and Pres. Donald Trump at the same time (obviously with the Trump portion being pre-taped). Despite a few good laugh lines, the sketch lands flat, and it seems like more of a parlor trick than anything else.
Why do a sketch with only one guest star (minus a few lines from Cecily Strong) when you have a whole talented cast, plus a host, doing nothing?
The whole episode was pretty divisive. Some are praising host Louis C.K.‘s genius, especially in his opening monologue/stand-up set, while others are saying it was just part of the racism and sexism that C.K. claimed to be skewering. Many comedy A-listers like Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld (by definition, mostly straight men), have complained recently that audiences have become too sensitive and politically correct. Recent sets like C.K.’s SNL monologue or Dave Chappelle‘s new Netflix specials seem to be defiant challenges to these audiences.
Unfortunately, these comedians might just be out of touch celebrities, lashing out at a culture that is leaving them behind. Hopefully, they’ll adjust, and once again use comedy to punch up instead of down.