Saturday Night Live’s season debut was a total flop.
The woke ‘comedy’ show is in its 48th year and struggling to attract a sizable audience.
The ‘cold open’ included a sketch of Peyton and Eli Manning making fun of Saturday Night Live for sagging in the ratings and trying to recover from a departure of big-name cast members.
Within the first minute of the sketch – enter Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago with classified documents – *eyeroll* – no wonder why people have tuned out SNL.
At one point snowboarding Olympian Shaun White made a cameo as Trump’s “Special Master.”
The entire cold open sketch was awkward.
The Daily Beast reported:
A lame attempt at knowing self-deprecation on “Saturday Night Live,” complete with “gratuitous” cameos and meta jokes, fell very flat—despite the presence of Jon Hamm.
Following the departure of eight cast members—including big names like Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson—over the summer, Lorne Michaels declared Season 48 of Saturday Night Live a “year of reinvention” for the show. And while it’s hard to tell yet what that might mean in practice, the lack of star power could certainly be felt in the first cold open sketch of the fall.
They even called in host Miles Teller to play Peyton Manning, who along with Andrew Dismukes’ Eli Manning, delivered play-by-play meta commentary on the show’s inevitable struggles. But the attempt to wink at the situation only highlighted how big of a hole they are in. “There are a lot of changes at the show, which could be exciting,” Teller’s Manning said. “Let’s see what they spent the entire summer coming up with.”
As James Austin Johnson’s Donald Trump launched into a typical and expected Mar-a-Lago-during-a-hurricane bit, the Mannings continually chimed in to remark on how terrible the whole thing was. They teased the new recruits for messing up, roasted a “surprise fumble” from Bowen Yang who was “supposed to take a step up this year,” and drew attention to McKinnon’s absence by wondering why no one was impersonating Anthony Fauci or Lindsey Graham or Rudy Giuliani.
Ultimately, the attempt at knowing self-deprecation just came off as deeply unfunny navel-gazing that did nothing to assuage viewers concerned about how SNL might be able to reinvent itself this year. The only way the opening could be considered a success was if the goal was to lower expectations as much as possible.