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Ex-Cast Member: SNL After Trump 'A Completely Different Machine'

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 10:02 PM

"Saturday Night Live" changed drastically when Donald Trump was picked as the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, former cast member Bobby Moynihan told Deadline Tuesday.

"You get so used to never sleeping and writing all night long, and I made it through eight years of this, thinking this can’t get any worse," Moynihan said. "And then, all of a sudden Trump happens.... With Trump you would come in on Friday and he did something nuts, and we’d have to re-do everything. At times, we were doing a brand new cold open on Saturday."

The show has had great success picking on Trump and members of his administration, with viewership surging by more than 30 percent since last season. Season 42 of SNL boasted the show's highest ratings in 22 years, with Alec Baldwin starring as Trump and Melissa McCarthy playing former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"I felt like I was on one show for eight years and another for one year," said Moynihan. "It was a completely different machine last year, took on a whole different level."

But, the experience was fun.

"My first episode was the first time Tina [Fey] did Sarah Palin. And I was in the audience for Sean Spicer, when Melissa [McCarthy] did that." Moynihan said it was, "the hardest year easily" of SNL, "but also, weirdly, maybe deep down one of my favorites. I was glad I got to be there for it."

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"Saturday Night Live" changed drastically when Donald Trump was picked as the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, former cast member Bobby Moynihan told Deadline Tuesday.
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