One thing is increasingly clear anytime Saturday Night Live uses Fox News as a platform for laughs: the Rupert Murdoch network’s pro-Trump, anti-progressive approach is so dogmatic and over the top, it’s virtually impossible to parody. A jokey news package featuring Fake Tucker Carlson and Fake Jeanine Pirro is just as overrun with half-truths and outright lies as the real thing.
Then Steve Martin shows up. The frequent SNL guest host (he was never a cast member, as an earlier version of this post erroneously stated) made his Trumpworld debut as Roger Stone, who on Friday became the latest Trump adviser and ally to be indicted. Martin is almost unrecognizable at first, and his over-the-top delivery is perfect for a man who seems like an IRL cartoon every time he pops up on TV.
(Kate McKinnon’s new impersonation, of Trump commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, is also amusingly creepy, even if Martin steals the show.)