Regularly scheduled satire can sometimes be hard to find, but you can always count on a clip of Weekend Update in the TV show Saturday Night Live.
Colin Jost and Michael Che pose as news anchors, reporting on the current events and politics of the past week. In this episode, the hosts talk about the length of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, commenting on Adam Schiff’s time on TV, the republican defense (a shrug emoji), and the fidget spinners brought by some members of congress. They also mention Hunter Biden’s involvement in the trial, the government’s inability to throw Trump out of office, and Trump’s leaked conversation with “adult cabbage patch doll” Lev Parnas.
The predominant satirical technique used in this show is parody: SNL is replicating the news, complete with a blue back ground, pop-up pictures, anchors reading from teleprompters, and current events.
Depending on the episode, Weekend Update uses a variety of other techniques. For example in this episode, Collin Jost uses hyperbole asking, “Was Adam Schiff on my television for 100 hours?” He also uses sarcasm, saying “Some republican senators even brought fidget spinners to play with. I assume to symbolize how the founding fathers are spinning in their graves”
Despite the laughs, the writers of SNL are commenting on more serious aspects of current events. In this episode, they show Trump’s inability to speak eloquently in times of distress, an important tool to have as a leader. Michael Che’s character especially comments on how the average american has gotten used to this behavior, and has become bored with the impeachment trial. Citizens are not asking more from their president but instead settling for the name-calling and bullying of our current president, which should be changed.