Just in case you’ve been looking for an epic July 4 playlist of some of the greatest Saturday Night Live sketches, NBC clearly has you covered!
If you look below, you can see what is effectively 26 different videos compiled by the sketch show over the course of their massive library, and it includes all sorts of sketches old and new. You’ve got an appearance from Will Ferrell, from Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, from Kristen Wiig, and from Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton during his heyday. We like to think that there is something for everyone in here, especially since NBC has covered American politics (and America in general) longer than almost anyone. The show’s been around for forty years, is a cultural institution, and it knows how to lampoon better than anyone.
Is every video in here necessarily that fantastic? No, but they are all pretty solid and that’s pretty good by all show standards, given that there is a tendency for some inconsistency that just happens when you are producing so much content in a relatively short window of time. You have to anticipate that not everything that you throw out there is going to end up working.
The biggest thing is that this has been a depressing time the past few months, and we all need a little bit of comedy. Hopefully, this can serve as your biggest resource for that very thing.
Now, the waiting for other good stuff
SNL will actually return a little earlier than usual next month, mostly because of a Weekend Update Thursdays program that will run for a handful of weeks and feature the return of Colin Jost and Michael Che. We’re not sure what the format of this will be just yet, but signs point to it being reasonably similar to the version of the show that they aired in the past when Seth Meyers was the guy sitting at the desk.
Beyond that, there are some other milestones that the show is going to hit later this summer. Presumably, they will be looking to hire out some more news cast members for the upcoming season, and beyond that they will need to announce who one of the first hosts will be. While her show may have aired a little early in the summer in comparison to past premiere hosts (who tend to come from summer movies), are sentiment right now is to say that Gal Gadot should be the person fronting the premiere. She’s one of the biggest stars out there at present thanks to Wonder Woman, and we think that she would be fun and very game.
Oh, and if you missed it, have no fear about whether or not Alec Baldwin is returning as Trump — he’s already made it clear that he is, though we don’t expect him to be around all of the time.
What do you think about this idea for SNL, and do you consider it marketing in its most brilliant form? Be sure to share in the comments! (Photo: NBC.)