After four years of mocking President Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live apparently could not find anything funny to say about Joe Biden, and ignored the president when the NBC sketch comedy show returned this weekend.
This isn’t to say that the long-running comedy series skipped politics altogether. With guest star John Krasinski, the show did feature an attack on newly elected Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene with its cold open. And political topics including Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Tom Brady, and the Capitol chaos were also seen during the show’s “Weekend Update” faux news segment.
“Honestly, I get what there is to hate about Donald Trump,” actor-comedian Adam Carolla said on Fox News on Monday “What is there to love about Joe Biden? That’s the bigger question if you’re SNL. OK, you hated Trump, fine. Why do you love Joe Biden? There’s nothing to love about Joe Biden, unless you’re scared of being cancelled, and the fact that this cancel culture has drifted over to comedy is absolutely insane.”
People took to Twitter and chimed in about disappearance of presidential politics on SNL, now that Biden is in office.
Zero Biden jokes to kick off SNL. Who thought that would happen?
— Dom Giordano (@DomShow1210) January 31, 2021
@nbcsnl Poor SNL…. This past weekend Lorne Michaels showed just how badly he needs Donald Trump. The cold open was pathetic and @ColinJost was absolutely lost. SNL won’t last the next 4 years if they don’t use the Biden character in the show.
— My T Mouse (@jpd33b8) February 1, 2021
Even a Saturday Night Live is bored with Biden and didn’t mention him once!
— David Croom – (ツ) (@dailycallout) January 31, 2021
SNL can’t say anything bad about Biden. He’s a democrat.
— RiG (@MAModIndy) February 1, 2021
Leave his little brother ALONE pic.twitter.com/LkHkaGzy1b
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) January 31, 2021
— Just buggerin along (@fixnfences) February 1, 2021
In the run up to the 2020 election, SNL brought in Jim Carrey to portray Joe Biden. Of course, the Sonic the Hedgehog star’s last appearance was more about Donald Trump losing the election than about Joe Biden. Still, Carrey told fans that he won’t be continuing with his SNL Biden impression in the future. The president will likely be portrayed by cast member Alex Moffat going forward.
Saturday’s episode was panned by establishment media TV critics, who called SNL’s return as “uninspired.”
“If Trump has had one victory in the the last month, it may be that SNL suddenly seems lost without him,” wrote L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali.
One at the Atlantic, David Sims was also unimpressed with SNL’s decision to take a pass on any consequential political targets.
“The show’s opening sketch did not feature an Oscar-winning actor dropping by to play a Biden Cabinet member or a comedy luminary like Steve Martin or Martin Short swinging in as a manic Trump supporter,” Sims wrote. It was all nothing but “limp political humor,” he said.
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