YOU CAN ONLY BE AVANT-GARDE FOR SO LONG BEFORE YOU BECOME GARDE: ‘SNL’ Cold Opens Are Unfunny, Elitist Pieces of Liberal Propaganda — The star-studded sketches aren’t just dull, they’re limousine liberalism at its worst, says those wacky rightwingers at, err…Vice.com.
Just compare and contrast how SNL coped with the losses of leftwing presidential candidates, the hilarious “Dukakis After Dark” sketch on the eve of Papa Bush winning in ’88, versus Kate McKinnon in character as Hillary Clinton performing a cringingly melancholy version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” after the 2016 election.
When he returned for a season in 1981, original writer Michael O’Donoghue, the pioneer of take no prisoners “cut and slash humor,” believed that he was there to give the show a “decent Viking Funeral” to close things down. If only NBC had listened.
Or as fellow original writer Anne Beatts, who dated O’Donoghue when both were with the National Lampoon prior to SNL once said, “You can only be avant-garde for so long before you become garde.”