Sometimes the best comedy can hit too close to home. Maybe that’s why President-elect Donald Trump can’t resist tweeting his annoyance at Alec Baldwin and “Saturday Night Live.” But while Trump may be the inspiration behind this weekend’s best “SNL” skit, Baldwin doesn’t appear in it as the election winner.
“SNL” takes aim in “The Bubble” at the progressive voters who are still dealing with shell shock from Trump’s Nov. 8 victory over Hillary Clinton.
“What if there was a place where the unthinkable didn’t happen, and life could continue for progressive Americans just as before?” asks one of the spokespeople in the fake ad for a city encased in a bubble and sheltered from the rest of Trump’s new America.
“The Bubble is a planned community of like-minded free thinkers — and no one else,” says the other spokesperson.
Inviting open-minded people to come to The Bubble and close themselves in, the fake city — opening in January — pokes fun at some of the things that people in the bluest of blue cities have come to regard as normal behavior.
The Bubble has hybrid cars, access to only “the good sites” on the internet, currency featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders, and 1-bedroom apartments starting at $1.9 million.
While the skit is aimed at people living in New York City and especially Brooklyn, it’s clear that The Bubble could make some room for cities such as San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. On the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest, the whole-other-country bandwagon has been picking up riders since the night Trump locked up his victory.