The Glenn Beck SNL parody on Thursday was brief, yet it was historic since the Glenn Beck SNL bit was likely the first of many. Glenn Beck’s SNL spoofing was the first time Beck got the SNL treatment, after months of only getting mocked by comedy talk shows and liberals. Now that Glenn Beck is an SNL victim, he truly has arrived on the late night stage. But the Glenn Beck SNL parody was only a brief bit on a Thursday night special, as Saturday Night Live will hope to top that with tonight’s official premiere.
Glenn Beck got mocked on SNL as only part of a bit about President Obama’s string of interviews, and his desire to avoid FOX News. But the show was a little late in spoofing Beck, if only because they were off in the summer, when he became the number one lightning rod of cable news controversy.
Though the Beck SNL parody came after the likes of Stewart, Colbert, Maher and Letterman have put him down for months, getting parodied on Saturday Night Live is still noteworthy. Unlike the late night comics, SNL can actually have someone impersonate Beck, and all of his infamous tics and movements. Jason Sudeikis, one of SNL’s noteworthy impressionists, got the plum role on Thursday night.
With Beck’s increased role in the political limelight, he has made himself an obvious target for more SNL mockery. At some point, he will likely get a sketch of his own, and not just as a supporting player in an Obama sketch. But since he got the SNL treatment on Thursday, he might be safe for tonight’s show.
All of the attention around the Glenn Beck SNL impression is just a prelude to the first real Saturday Night Live show of the season. Despite two Thursday night specials, the 35’th season of the show doesn’t really get in full gear until the first Saturday edition. That finally premieres tonight, with Megan Fox and U2 coming on board.
The beginning of the last SNL season brought Tina Fey, Sarah Palin, and countless headline-making bits during election season. This time, expectations are a little lower, especially around host Megan Fox. But fans will tune in to see if at least one of the sketches rivals or surpasses the Beck parody that started premiere week.
The official SNL season premiere, with or without a fake Glenn Beck, starts at 11:30 p.m. est on NBC.
Huffington Post- “SNL Mocks Glenn Beck For Conspiracy Theories, Lack Of Sanity (VIDEO)” www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/25/snl-mocks-glenn-beck-for_n_299568.html
TIME- “Glenn Beck Gets His SNL Closeup” tunedin.blogs.time.com/2009/09/25/glenn-beck-gets-his-snl-closeup/