Donald Trump vs. Alec Baldwin. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Donald Trump vs. Alec Baldwin. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“Saturday Night Live” either makes you incredibly happy or incredibly frustrated. That comes from you either getting it or not getting it. I think I get it more often than not, though admittedly, I have not “gotten it” for a few seasons.

I don’t get why certain new cast members have been let go. I don’t get why this season doesn’t premiere until Oct. 1 when we’re in the middle of the most parody ready year of the century. I don’t get why they let go of two of their most sure-handed cast members in Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah a year before their mandatory seven-year contracts expired.

I especially don’t get the waffling the show has done on the casting of their version of Donald Trump. In a late-night comedy landscape where literally every single show has their Trump take on lock, “SNL” – the bar-setter for politically satirical portrayals since the Ford administration – announced over last summer that Killam would play Trump and then re-cast their Trump a week later giving the ball to Daryl Hammond and for one glorious weekend featuring musical guest Sia, the Republican nominee himself.

This past summer, in releasing Killam and Pharoah, “SNL” got rid of their Obama and one of their Trumps. The smart money is on the that Lorne Michaels is opting to “outsource” the season’s most headline-grabbing parts to special guest stars as he’s done in the past with Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin and Larry David playing Bernie Sanders. “SNL” always works best when it’s a repertory company centered around one standout performer, and rightfully so, that standout for this season is Emmy winner Kate McKinnon who will be reprising her role as Hillary Clinton.

But who to get to play Donald Trump if you’re not going to trust your most ready for prime time actor (Killam) or your studio announcer (Hammond)? Who you gonna call to play the champ of the Alt-Right on a show designed to appease the Left? You call the Trumpiest liberal you can and you get him on the payroll, baby. Say hello to the show’s designated hitter and new Donald Trump for the 2016-17 season: Alec Baldwin.

On paper, Baldwin and Trump are very similar: prominent New Yorkers. Prone to public outbursts. Opinionated AF. Representing beliefs that are the bane of each other’s existence. Both guys whose mouths has gotten them in trouble so many times that NBC has kicked them each off their air – twice each in the last five years.

Each time, they have come back to “SNL” in an attempt to seem like humans that audiences can trust. “SNL” and NBC have introduced a situation where two guys more than likely would side-eye each other into oblivion if they were in the same room will now be clapping back at each other in the media from October 1st to November 8th. If you think Tump isn’t going to make railroading Alec Baldwin the main talking point of his next speech if Baldwin goes hard with his first impression, you’re out of your mind. Here’s a peek at his Rally Track List:

  • Build a Wall.
  • Repeatedly call Sec. Clinton “Crooked Hillary.”
  • Work “Make America Great Again” into every sentence if possible.
  • Request crowd make it a point to rise up and destroy Alec Baldwin.

Comically speaking, this entire situation is too big to fail. “SNL” returns Saturday, October 1st with host Margot Robbie. Must-watch television for at least the first 10 minutes of the show.

Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor
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