October 2, 2016

"Saturday Night Live" does the presidential debate, with Alec Baldwin brilliantly impersonating Donald Trump...



... and the funniest thing about it is how closely it sticks to material from the actual debate.

25 comments:

Birkel said...

And now I remember why the ratings for SNL are down.

PB said...

Alec Baldwin didn't have to work that hard. He's more like Trump than he realizes, but irony is a gene missing from the Democrat gene pool.

mockturtle said...

Alec Baldwin was brilliant.

William said...

He imitates the parts about Trump that one finds disagreeable, not the cartoonish bits. His is a hate worthy Trump. There was a time when McKinnon's Hillary was more unlikeable than the SNL Trump. Glad they got that straightened out before the election.......If someone with Alicia Machado's background had criticized Hillary, what are the chances that SNL would not have parodied her. It's the jokes that don't get made.

Leigh said...

Laughed so hard I cried. But they left out the screeching, "Why am I not 50 points ahead, you may ask!" and her non-answer.

Ann Althouse said...

"Alec Baldwin didn't have to work that hard. He's more like Trump than he realizes..."

You are so wrong. It is hard to do what he is doing and it is the better way of doing an impersonation. You try to get very close to the original. It's the way Phil Hartman performed, and no one did it better. You have to be an excellent actor to do it, and it's the funniest approach.

Rhythm and Balls said...

Well, they say it takes one to know one... and Baldwin certainly has a reputation for being an @$$.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Alec Baldwin doing Trump for 4 years on SNL. The dread.

Meade said...

"Well, they say it takes one to know one... and Baldwin certainly has a reputation for being an @$$."
— Rhythmald J. Ballswin

Rhythm and Balls said...

Thank you, Cardinal. If only your animal spirit was more crow and less hyena.

tds said...

idle observation:

- 58 years old plays 69 years old
- 32 years old plays 68 years old

Ann Althouse said...

Rhythm and Balls, he seems so easy
“It takes one to know one,” he smiles
And puts his hands in her back pockets
Bette Davis style
And in comes Meade, he’s moaning
“You Belong to Me I Believe”
And someone says, “You’re in the wrong place my friend
You better leave”
And the only sound that’s left
After the ambulances go
Is Rhythm and Balls sweeping up
On Basket of Deplorables Row

mockturtle said...

Baldwin is a highly skilled and talented actor but I wish he'd keep his pathetic political views to himself. Likewise with the entire Hollywood bunch.

EDH said...

I thought they let Lester Holt off easy.

There was humor to be mined from his disparate treatment of the candidates.

Rhythm and Balls said...

Don't quit your day job.

Oh wait, you just did.

If there's room for a serious question, can you actually explain what you mean by the skill required by Alec Baldwin's Trump impression - or why understanding the character personally wouldn't make it easier for him? No one ever said he was a horrible actor.

"Methinks the lady doth protest too much," was just a line in a play. Not a spiritual mantra or a professional code of conduct.

Earnest Prole said...

I've always suspected Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Hannity had the same puffy white mother.

MayBee said...

Alec Baldwin's acting is a national treasure.

Robert Cook said...

"Baldwin is a highly skilled and talented actor but I wish he'd keep his pathetic political views to himself. Likewise with the entire Hollywood bunch."

Why should public figures be any less free than private citizens to express their political beliefs? If you don't agree with any person's political views--whether they're a public figure or someone you happen to know--can't you just ignore their politics, and accept or appreciate them otherwise, (assuming you like the public figures for what they do professionally or those you know for who they are as people)?

mockturtle said...

Just as I enjoy watching football, I enjoy good acting performances. While I'm capable of objectivity, political outspokenness by athletes and actors tends to diminish the experience for me. YMMV. Celebrities, unlike average citizens, seem to be taken seriously, at least by the media, giving them far more credibility than they deserve.

I'd rather not hear from any more 'oppressed' overpaid athletes, either.

Birkel said...

Alec Baldwin: When a little bit of smug just isn't enough.

Birkel said...

Acting requires the suspension of disbelief on the part of the viewer. Injecting personal politics or insane personal lives into the public perception of actors makes the suspension of disbelief harder. Therefore, it makes the acting less believable for people on the margins.

It matters little if it is Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch or Alec Baldwin's politics. They may have views and express whatever they choose a part of the audience will be alienated.

Mountain Maven said...

When a performer's behavior is so disgusting, like Baldwin or Kaepernick, I can't watch them anymore. Maybe I'll make an exception for the skinny little guy who was married to madonna.

Phil 3:14 said...

Wasn't Trump funny enough.

Johanna Lapp said...

I congratulate the writers for keeping Alec Baldwin away from Trump's alleged "Miss Piggy" slur. I know Baldwin likes to reserve the word pig for insulting his own daughter.

Brando said...

They should have actually shown the actual debate without commentary or editing. You really can't top the real thing this year.