It’s been a long time since New York comics on stage and Tv have had so much fun. In the past presidential candidates usually confined themselves to the potentially very boring details of policies they want to enact once they are president. And while it’s possible to parody boring it’s not easy to make it consistently rivetting TV.
But now that making it up as they go along on both sides of politics has become the norm, not just fact checkers but also NYC comics are having a whale of a time. Because everyone loves ‘Gotcha’
But if this bunch of people contesting the primaries had bothered to notice, Sarah Palin was the last candidate in recent memory, with such a rigorously policy free approach to task of governing the nation. And that earned her blisteringly funny Tina Fey parodies on Saturday Night Live.
With the candidate debates in the year of the election now sinking into a mess of insulting, fantastical and fact free descriptions of what it’s really possible for governmetns to do, all New York comics, especially the ones on TV can scarcely believe their luck.
Catch the SNL cold open from last week’s show, see above, all the major Republican candidates get skewered because a lot of what they are saying is genuinely funny.
And Ted Cruz may live to regret his political calculation that it’s okay to slam New Yorkers because midwestern voters agree with him. It’s one thing to aggravate voters at large, it’s quite another to aggravate the New Yorkers who own and operate the most sophisticated media empires in the nation. SNL is the least of his worries,