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'Saturday Night Live' rises to Trump challenge

'Saturday Night Live' rises to Trump challenge

The election of Donald Trump has lifted a lot of media boats — from the New York Times, with its 300,000-plus surge in digital subscriptions since Nov. 8, to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who last week led her channel to its first primetime win in news demographics since 2009.

Add NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which has attracted its largest audience in 23 years, to that list of media enjoying a big Trump bump.

“SNL” ends its 42nd season Saturday night, and while the ratings surge is impressive, what matters even more is the way this venerable TV institution has used sketch comedy and satiric writing to critique the Trump presidency.