Why SNL is so important

We need to laugh more


Photo credit to Slash Films.

Let’s face it. We’re living in a stressful time. Our fast paced lives are demanding and overwhelming. And, as you probably can figure from watching an hour of CNN, American politics aren’t in a good place right now. Everyone may disagree on just about everything, but can we agree on one thing? Isn’t Saturday Night Live funny?

SNL is pretty controversial these days. People often say that it’s “not as good as it used to be,” which is true. It’s not as funny as it used to be. Even compared to just ten years ago when Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Kristen Wiig were cast-members, it’s not as funny now. But people who say that it’s “not good anymore” are wrong. There are so many hidden gems out there (See last week’s episode with John Mulaney as the host) that people just need to do a little digging to find.

Alec Baldwin as Trump. Photo credit to Insider.

But aside from being funny, SNL is, more importantly, unifying. It may not seem like it because it can be so controversial and political, but it is. As I was saying before, our country’s politics are in danger. The President is attempting to diminish the powers of the Constitution through false national emergencies and the targeting of the free speech of the media. This is scary and concerning. But isn’t it great that on Saturday nights (or Sunday mornings for me), we can turn on our TVs and forget about this? Instead, we can watch Alec Baldwin make light of the issues through his incredible Trump impersonations, and we can all laugh. I’m sure even die-hard Trump supporters laugh at Baldwin’s skits because they’re just. too. accurate. I mean, how could you watch them and not die of laughter? I certainly can’t.

Baldwin’s impersonations of Trump won’t solve our problems. Nor will any other SNL skit for that matter. But it’s important to have a comic relief from time to time. We need a chance to take a break, breathe, and laugh.