Humor is a drug to me, it always has been.
I get a little hit and immediately crave more. Some of my first memories are of my mother yelling at me because she had caught me watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus or Benny Hill. Both were British, both were funny, and both featured lovely ladies. To this day I fall to sleep watching Monty Python skits.
I was born right before Saturday Night Live’s 4th season. The cast was Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Jane Curtain, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and the late greats Gilda Radner and John Belushi. I remember the ridiculous land shark skits... I laughed at the assassination of Buckwheat... I cried when the world lost Roseanne Roseannadanna to cancer... I still remember G.E. Smith’s last night as the SNL bandleader.
There was a long period when SNL was the only comedy game in town. Carol Burnett’s successful variety show ended in 1978. In 1990 Fox premiered a predominantly black skit based comedy show (that also launched Jim Carey's comedy career) called “In Living Color” that aired on Sunday nights. I feel it was a very successful show, but it only lasted 5 seasons.
Right around the time ‘In Living Color’ permanently shut down, something else was taking off... something that Lorne Michael’s couldn’t control and could not compete with... the internet. Now, rather than having to wait until Saturday night for my humor, I had sites dedicated to comedy. Then YouTube came around and I could watch my favorite stand up comics whenever I wanted to.
On cable, Comedy Central hit a home run in 2003 with Chappelle’s Show featuring Dave Chappelle & Neal Brennan proving skit comedy on TV was not dead yet. Unfortunately that show was short lived, ending after only 3 seasons.
With all the competition for comedy that the internet brought, SNL just seemed to fade away. I watched faithfully from Eddie Murphy all the way through Horatio Sanz tenure. In 2002 I bought and read James Andrew Miller and Tom Shale’s book “Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.” I honestly tried to stay loyal. I eventually started missing episodes, and on the nights that I did tune in I’d only find one or two skits funny.
Soon I’d realize that SNL, like many of the network late night comedy shows, had gone full leftist. (Disclosure: I’m socially liberal. I pride myself on being open minded, I’m just not a leftist as David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and especially Jimmy Kimmel have shown themselves to be.) I don’t feel that I changed, but the environment has.
Could you imagine what would happen if a male SNL cast member called a female cast member an “ignorant slut” during a skit? Jim Carey’s character Vera de Milo on ‘In Living Color’ would likely get him and the whole show canceled today.
Julia Sweeney’s androgynous SNL character ‘Pat’ would not make the air today out of fear of offending an extremely small but annoying segment of our population.
I cannot tell you the last time I set aside time to watch SNL, I would guess it’s been close to a decade. I can only tell you who two members of today’s cast are. My understanding of SNL today is that it basically speaks to main audience - very online progressives - you know, people the openly hate people like me. That's what I hear anyways, my interest in SNL has faded to the point to where I watching the show basically never crosses my mind.
I do know that last year Bill Burr went on the show and ABSOLUTELY SCORCHED white liberal women with his 100% accurate monologue in a “I don’t give a fuck” fashion that only a thick skinned Boston comedian could deliver. Twitter libs clutched their pearls so tightly they damn near strangled themselves, all while proving Burr correct. Go watch for yourself:
This week SNL is back in the news because the show has a “controversial” host for their May 8th episode. Lorne Michaels has told his fragile cast members that they do not have to appear with said host. The music act, Miley Cyrus, has received hate and pushback for even agreeing to appear on the same show as the host.
Who is this extremely controversial host? It must be like a member of a hate group or a someone who accused of several violent crimes right? Did they ask the Ayatollah to host or something? (lol, I think we all know that idea would've been embraced by the cast.)
Actually, the host the host is a self made billionaire from Africa named. . . Elon Musk.
Musk has single handedly developed and progressed the electric vehicle industry, has improved the technology for gathering and using solar energy, and will likely be the brain that makes human beings an interplanetary species. That’s right, his businesses and ideas are moving us in a more environmentally friendly direction and the leftist snowflakes hate him. You see, Musk is no hardcore conservative. He’s not a bible thumper, and frankly I don’t know if anyone knows what his abortion stance is. But Musk is problematic for the left because he doesn’t worship at the woke alter.
He doesn’t subscribe to identity politics.
You won’t find Tesla or Space X giving Critical Race Theory training to their employees. He doesn’t apologize nor exhibit any regret for being a successful white man. He’s not the next Hitler, but more importantly, he doesn’t belong to the BlueAnon cult.
So if you’re like me, someone who enjoys humor as much as he does owning the libs, please consider setting time aside time this upcoming Saturday night to tune in to NBC and support Elon Musk.
Nothing would warm my heart more than to see a struggling, partisan American institution like Saturday Night Live receive their best ratings in years while a man they would love to cancel brings his spotlight to their fading stage.