Does Saturday Night Live has a big role in influencing this election?
Most people's minds were made up long before the recent SNL shows. I haven't watched SNL in years anyway, it had no impact on my vote. They should thank the politicians for people actually paying attention to that lame show again.
As mentioned, Second City has been frequent sources of both cast members as well as writers thru the years, especially as Lorne Micheals has had a long-time association with the troupe (paricularly the Toronto one.) Just some of the SNL imports:
Jerry C. Minor
The main troupes are in Toronto and Chicago, but there also now ones in Detroit (Novi), Las Vegas and Cleveland so if you're near any of those places, might try earning your chops there. If not, check your local area for comedy clubs...many have open-mike nights (altho chances are you'll have to be at least 18 or 21 depending on the local liquor laws) and if you're good enough you might even snag a regular gig. In particular, keep an eye out for local improv groups, as those are the think-on-your-feet types that SNL particularly favors.
I'm with you, in the 90s and even 80s it was great, but I get exhausted trying to follow politics stuff, sometimes I just want ridiculous humor. Seems like when they get a funny person, that person moves on with their career.