SNL Can Thank Its Female Cast Members and Hosts for the Show's Renewed Success
After some years of irrelevance, SNL is good again, flourishing during an unbelievable election year and staying relevant as America spiraled downward from there. Part of the show's success is owed to President Trump, and an actor as grotesquely on-point as Alec Baldwin to parody him. But a bigger element is SNL's female cast members, who are propelling women-centric sketches to viral status, spearheaded by Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, and Sasheer Zamata.
It also doesn't hurt that eight of the last 16 hosts were women, making Season 42 a 50/50 split so far—however, the season will end with four male guests and one female guest, Melissa McCarthy. McKinnon and McCarthy are killing impersonations of male politicians—making the sting all the more brutal—and even more so, feminist sketches are striking viewers as painfully relatable, and obviously, funny as hell. The Cut highlighted some of the best feminist moments in SNL's current season. Here are those moments, and more, in full: