Saturday Night Live, by its very nature, is going to fluctuate. Some casts are (way, way) better than others. Some years it’s funnier than others. We seem to be in middle of a season that can be summed up as “fine, I guess.” But what seems to remain constant is how the show feels the need to tiptoe around serious issues. This has as least been the case since Tina Fey left. So this sketch from this weekend’s episode is not only surprising in how daring and relevant it is, but it’s also upsetting that it was “cut for time.”
The sketch focuses on an over the top peppy St. Louis morning show that still has to go on, despite the world basically falling down around it. The sketch is so close to going over the line, but it’s driven by the cast’s two strongest members (Cecily Strong and Keenan Thompson), with a fantastic cameo by Leslie Jones, and James Franco barely ruins it at all. This is exactly the kind of material SNL should be doing. And it was cut. Lorne Michaels, you need to take a serious look at your criteria for cutting for time.