‘Saturday Night Live’ and Donald Trump: 100 Funny Days – NBCNews.com


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'Saturday Night Live' and Donald Trump: 100 Funny Days
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A funny thing happened on the way to Donald Trump's first 100 days as president: "Saturday Night Live" sharpened its political claws and saw a huge ratings boost. The show went from being criticized for inviting Trump to host the prior season to

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A funny thing happened on the way to Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president: “Saturday Night Live” sharpened its political claws and saw a huge ratings boost.

The show went from being criticized for inviting Trump to host the prior season to drawing its biggest audience in decades by doubling down on its criticism of the president and his inner circle, with the help of two Oscar-nominated actors.

A ‘Yuge’ Casting Coup

in the season 42 premiere on Oct. 1 playing then-GOP nominee Trump against Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton to spoof the first presidential debate. In its early iteration, the “30 Rock” actor’s impression consisted mostly of impeccable mimicry: impossibly puckered lips, expressive eyebrows, calculated hand gestures, and distinctive pronunciation of words like “China” as “gina” and “huge” as “yuge.”