I just watched the “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” from earlier tonight. It was laugh-out-loud funny. You don’t get to say that about SNL too often. Oh, hell. You never get to say that about SNL.
The myth of SNL has always been that there was a time in the distant past when it was consistently funny. It never was. I was in the audience for show number two. Disappointing! Watch some old episodes and see if you can make it all-the-way through.
On Thursdays, with only thirty minutes to write (or whatever fraction is left after commercials) and the main bits locked in, the show is more focused and sharper. Yes, the election is low hanging fruit, but I think not having to worry about sketch concepts plus jokes makes this show more likely to succeed than the 90 minute epic.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this format and show return on a more regular basis after the election.