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Hit sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live started its 42nd season on October 1. Actress Margot Robbie hosted with musical guest The Weekend. With all the pop culture topics and funny innuendos, I would say that the season is off to a good start.
Right off the bat: a cold open imitating the first presidential debate. Actor Alec Baldwin and SNL regular Kate McKinnon nailed their impersonations of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as well as how the candidates presented their stances on issues such as national security, racism in America and jobs.
Continuing the theme of the “race for the white house”, host Margot Robbie’s cold open consisted of her stating facts to the front camera, following playful asides discounting her statements as lies.
A sketch based on a live news report in Tampa, Florida put Robbie and another cast member as a couple. Where’s the funny? Robbie’s character was a beautiful, breadwinning descendant of a Kennedy, while her counterpart: a man named Matt Shatt, a puppeteer who wears crocs with sandals. The two played a concerned couple being questioned by a reporter about the natural disaster that just occurred at the mall.
Several more funny skits followed, but it’s not the sketches that have raised eyebrows recently, rather the arrival of a new cast member.
Returning comedians included Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong. Three new cast members, including the shows first Latina castmate, Melissa Villasenor. Shortly before the season aired, Villasenor was under fire for racist jokes she made, and put on Twitter. According to sites like Daily Mail, the comic deleted approximately 2,000 tweets, yet some racial slurs made were left up on her account.
It will be interesting to see what this season has in store for Saturday Night Live’s 42nd season. Tune in at 11:30pm on NBC.