We know that Saturday Night Live does love their political humor, and at this point, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump is a big part of it. While there is a part of us that wants to see what a regular cast member would do in the role, it’s hard to walk back Alec at this point. You do that, and all of a sudden some rumors start to come out regarding whether or not he got fired. That’s a controversy nobody really wants.
So what happens instead? Well, scaling back Donald Trump is a start. SNL does do really funny political commentary sometimes, but by the end of last season it was very-much overdone. There were few funny new angles with Trump, and don’t even get us started on Kate McKinnon and her version of Jeff Sessions. The show needs to press pause on at least some political figures — there are certainly plenty of others that can be spoofed.
Baldwin himself confirmed that he will return as Trump in a new interview with James Andrew Miller on his Origins podcast, but also noted that it won’t be as frequent as we’ve seen it in the past:
“I have fun doing it, no doubt about that … I have fun being around [the creative team]. I can’t say it’s a lot of fun trying to fabricate this kind of Trump that I thought of, but it is fun being around them. They are all old and dear friends of mine, and I love going there. When the show is good, there is nothing like it … but for me, I think I’m going to do some of it, but not a whole lot, not a whole lot … I also think, and this is critical, [that] there is a lot of fatigue here.”
Being aware of the problem is a pretty important thing. Personally, we think seeing Baldwin around four or five times next season as Trump is perfect — maybe plan a couple of really great sketches for him, but then also call him up whenever there are particularly big headlines (seriously big ones, since there are certainly plenty of smaller “headlines” that come from this political climate).
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