Something to Smile About

By Persephone

The last three months have been just brutal, and that was after a heart-wrenchingly long campaign season.  It’s hard for me to read the news (though I do it anyway), as every day seems to provide some new hurdle to overcome.  Trump’s lack of experience, intelligence, or ability to surround himself with experienced or intelligent people has resulted in some pretty dark policies.  If you don’t know which policies I’m referring to, then you need to pay the slightest bit of attention.

This website has helped me through the last three months.  It’s given me an outlet to vent out all my fears and frustrations with our new administration.  Today, though, I’d like to use it as a sounding board for something that made me laugh so hard I actually forgot that Trump was our president for a few seconds.

Saturday Night Live has always demonstrated a political side in its sketch comedy–especially in election years.  Trump has offered up substantial comical fodder this last year, and the show has run with it.  He really hasn’t helped restrain their enthusiasm as he continually tweets his disdain for their humorous antics at his expense.  They remain quite undeterred.  I’ve watch SNL skits off and on over the years, but never with any real consistency.  After President Cheeto got elected, I’ve found myself watching them religiously.  Last night, this devotion totally paid off.  They provided a series of adorable sketches (I particularly enjoyed the Totinos commercial), but Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer was definitely the highlight of the night.  She entered the room with Spicer’s angry, uninformed manner, and she maintained that energy through props, podium attacks, a diapered CNN reporter, and tons of chewed-up gum.  You have to watch it to understand just how funny it was.  McCarthy never even breaks character.  She’s such a pro.

However, SNL isn’t the only show that’s helped me get through all this.  Ever since the Bush administration, I’ve watched Comedy Central’s Daily Show, first with Jon Stewart, and now with Trevor Noah.  I love both hosts, although they’re pretty different.  Admittedly, I haven’t been all that consistent at watching the show until this latest election, but I now can barely survive whenever the show allows its cast and crew to take a vacation.

But that’s not all!  There’s also Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal, John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, and Seth Meyers.  It turns out that political satire is what saves my sanity.  I can’t survive in a world in which President Trump isn’t made fun of twenty-four seven.  Thanks to these individuals, such a world doesn’t exist.

So…what I mean to say is…thanks.  Keep up the good work.

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