‘SNL’ cold open offers up more ‘exciting’ Democratic candidates ahead of ‘big yikes’ midterms
The latest “Saturday Night Live” cold open, “Big yikes: How Democrats Hijacked Midterm Elections,” was filled with political humor, lighthearted jokes and political commentary – but mostly it had a serious takeaway.
One of the many laughs in this cold open was the joke about how President Obama went to a fundraiser for congressional Democrats, but then called his campaign aides and asked them to work overtime to find more Democrats to fund for his re-election campaign. The joke has a double-entendre: Obama was making his call, hoping to find more Democrats for help, and then, when it didn’t work, he got pissed and yelled at the fundraisers for the same reason.
In other words, this cold open wasn’t as funny as you think it was, but it was funny in the same way that it made you think, “Yeah… that’s a good idea.”
Check out the first half of the cold open below. The second half – which was the original cold open, but which is cut down to half its length – is posted after the jump.
As we head into midterm elections Tuesday, what better way to spend some time on the campaign trail this week than getting lost in a political parody? While “SNL” took its cues from the “Saturday Night Live” that has, on occasion, lampooned the politics of the right and the left, this cold open isn’t a parody of the right or left. Instead, it’s a mock-up of the 2018 political circus – one that we must win in November if we hope to prevent the kind of big-deal changes that a Trump-like president might have on his mind.
If you’re watching the “SNL” cold open Saturday night, consider this a good time to get out and get involved in the political process – either as a voter or a candidate.
In the “SNL” cold open, President Trump is sitting in the Oval Office as he waits to get a report on the “big yikes” in his approval ratings (the Dow is down about 400 points):
“President Trump: Oh boy, what’s the worst?”
“SNL” co-creators Lorne Michaels and Tim Allen, who co-wrote