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Heard any good Hillary jokes lately? Only 'SNL' has come the closest

Colin Jost and Michael Che

Late-night hosts should mark their past two weeks of convention coverage by pooling their resources and buying Donald Trump a huuuuuuge bouquet of flowers. No political figure in recent history has generated more comedy material, especially during last week's Republican shindig in Cleveland.

In all fairness, Hillary Clinton should have gotten just as many jabs these past four days in Philadelphia. But comedy isn't fair. Jokes, much like cable news coverage in general, always found a way back to the easier target.

Most attempts to poke fun at the Philadelphia proceedings were aimed at VP nominee Tim Kaine and his self-professed blandness.

"He's like  a real-life version of black people's impersonations of white people," said "The Daily Show"'s Trevor Noah .While stopping by "The Late Show," John Oliver feigned mock terror over the unspoken threat that Kaine might break out his harmonica at any moment.

Pretty mild stuff, especially when you consider that Bill Maher was over on HBO repeatedly comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler.

So did anyone successfully mine truly clever, biting humor out of the Democratic proceedings? Not really, but "Saturday Night Live" came the closest.

 The "Weekend Update" team of Colin Jost and Michael Che did a short live broadcast on MSNBC Wednesday from Philadelphia and, for the most part, trotted out more solid material aimed at liberals in those 15 minutes than most other shows did all week.

I particularly liked the bit in which Che looked bewildered by the tears being shed by Bernie Sanders white, female fans during their hero's speech.

"They look like Dave Matthews just played 'Crash Into Me,'" he said.

Jost had a good line about how Clinton's over-the-top video following her husband's speech made her look like a Bond villain.

Sure, Trump continued to take his lumps, but the 'SNL' boys seemed most detemined to be naughty from both sides of the political spectrum.

Judge for yourself:


 

Broadway stars plead for love at Democratic convention

 

 

CNN may boast the best news team in television, but please don't ask them to cover concerts.

In the midst of Trump bashing and Hillary hurrahs, some of Broadway's biggest names took the stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention to sing "What the World Needs Now." Many of them had assembled last month to record the Burt Bacharach number to raise money for families of the Orlando shooting victims and later appeared on NBC's "Maya & Marty" variety show.

But this was extra special in that it brought together Kristin Bell and Idina Menzel, who first traded verses in the megahit film, 'Frozen," and also featured former "Cagney & Lacey" co-stars Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless sharing a mike.

Too bad CNN dind't fully appreciate the gestures. The network kept cutting away from the stellar lineup to show delegates swaying back and forth. Audience member Lance Bass got more screen time than performer Len Cariou, whose years as a Guthrie fixture didn't seem as important to the cable news' control room as giving a former Backstreet Boy his close-up.

The network also filled almost a fourth of the screen with a "BREAKING NEWS" alert that VP nominee Tim Kaine was coming up next. OK, thanks and -- Hey! Isn't that Audra McDonald?!?

All journalists share the same pool of cameras for general coverage, but each network's producer can pick what shots they want to cut to and when. I didn't have a chance to check out how everyone else handled the early evening number, but PBS gets credit for resisting the urge to promote coming attractions and showcase too many folks in the crowd looking up from their cellphones.

Makes sense. Public television LOVES their Broadway stars.