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Politics, With a Dash of Humor

Every year when the new season of “Saturday Night Live” premieres, an age-old debate pops up: which season of “SNL” is the best? Everyone has their favorite sketches and cast of characters. And there are, of course, those who say every year that “SNL” isn’t what it used to be — while they continue to watch the show every week. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, one thing is very clear. This past year of “SNL” has been perhaps more relevant and timely than any of the most recent seasons since 2008.

For younger folks, it may seem as if “SNL” has gotten more political, but politics has always been an integral part of “SNL” humor, dating back to its debut in 1975. Chevy Chase’s portrayal of then-President Gerald Ford—and President Ford’s subsequent appearance on the show—changed the way politicians interacted with entertainers and entertainment. For better or worse, “SNL” charted the path we are currently on.

The above excerpt was originally published in InsideSources.