Amidst all the breaking news this week, such as the Trump administration unceremoniously firing FBI Director Comey and the storm of leaks that came directly afterwards, it seemed the more ridiculous pieces of information kept rising to the top of the proverbial cream. Such as Donald Trump getting two scoops of ice cream instead of one during a presidential dinner. Which seems like an insane thing for the news to cover, and yet that’s a thing that really happened even when so many other things are going on.
Which also makes it an ideal thing for SNL to spoof, which the show did with a sendup of this week’s interview between Trump and Lester Holt. From the moment Trump calls Michael Che’s Holt “jazz man” the sketch is clicking, mostly because there’s so much material to mine. While discussing the firing of Comey, Che’s Holt gets him to admit that he fired Comey because of the ongoing Russia investigation and the excited-then-dejected conversation with his producer of “Did I get him? Is this all over? No, I didn’t. Nothing matters. Absolutely nothing matters anymore” is almost borderline unfunny because it’s uncomfortably true in the current political environment.