- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2018

“Saturday Night Live” has been the bastion of anti-Trump jokes for several years, offering Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin a showcase for his craft. Republicans also don’t fare well on the NBC late night mainstay, now marking its 43rd year on the air.

The appeal of partisan comedy could be fading, however.

“I hope next year we can do more funnier stuff instead of a lot of political stuff this year, which we had to,” says Leslie Jones, who has been on the show for fours years, and who feels the show has had a “responsibility” to feature such material.

“I do hope that next year will be a lot more funny-funny based stuff, more comedy-based stuff instead of a lot of political stuff,” Ms. Jones told The Wrap.

Harry Cheadle, West Coast editor for Vice.com, is also tired of the politics on “SNL.”

“The jokes are tired references to current events that never build on one another. Instead, they are limply tossed out as obvious applause lines to an anti-Trump crowd,” Mr. Cheadle wrote last month, noting that the show’s politics are now “indistinguishable from the Democratic Party’s.”

One-sided viewpoints can affect ratings, particularly those opening skits which often feature Mr. Baldwin’s “Trump” character.

“All of this is preamble to say to SNL, I come as a friend: Your cold opens are terrible, cringeworthy pieces of self-satisfied liberal propaganda that are sometimes so bad they seem like parodies of themselves,” Mr. Cheadle advised the program.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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