Improv, Media, Satire, Sketch, Television — October 25, 2016 10:48 am

The Laws of Comedy

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trump_clinton_debate-snlBy Ian Frazier, The New Yorker | The “Saturday Night Live” parody of the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with Alec Baldwin as Trump and Kate McKinnon as Clinton, was the funniest thing that existed in America up until that time. Evidently, Baldwin’s whole career had led up to his channelling of Trump. The pursed, prurient lips, the porcine eyes, the projection of complete and utter shameless, self-serving fraudulence, the brilliant stroke of pronouncing “China” to conjure “vagina”— this was a Trump to be improved upon only by Trump himself. As for McKinnon, who has been preparing her Hillary for decades, her Hillary impersonation now approaches perfection. The sneakiness, the avidity, the robotic look that undoes careful pre-debate coaching all mesh together like driven gears in her mobile face. Against Baldwin’s Trump, she never dropped a step, Fonteyn to his Nureyev.

 

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