Count Saturday Night Live's Michael Che among the electorate who are "politicked out."
"The world is burning down and we also gotta deal with this?" Che told Adweek in an interview this morning in Cleveland, at the site of the Republican National Convention. "There's so many issues now that are very controversial, very high-stakes comedy that could be a lot more interesting than Donald Trump's hair or Hillary Clinton being stiff."
Che's Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost agrees, "It's a weird tone for right now."
Still, the Weekend Update team will host special editions of the SNL staple from Cleveland tonight and from Philadelphia, site of the DNC, next Wednesday. The 10- to 15-minute segments will air around midnight on MSNBC. They are also special correspondents for the Today show. Their first segment aired this morning.
"Donald Trump requested us specifically," Che joked, when we asked whose idea it was to team up with NBC News. "He was like,'I want these two guys to roast me.'"
Che and Jost are among several comedians with TV shows injecting humor into the conventions. Stephen Colbert was here in Cleveland over the weekend taping segments for his live episodes of CBS's Late Show. Samantha Bee is also hosting a special Wednesday edition of her TBS show Full Frontal.
"After the season ends, for a week you don't want to do anything, and then you get really anxious with free time because you want to work or be in front of an audience," said Jost who, along with Che, will host his third season at the Weekend Update desk when SNL returns for Season 42 this fall.
The show sees a ratings rise every four years when presidential politics takes center stage. So what's it like being the caretaker of the seat once occupied by Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Norm Macdonald, Dennis Miller, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers and more?
"I don't really think about the legacy," says Che. "With comedy you just kind of want to be funny and that's all that matters."
"We just try to do what we do, and then you look back on it and you go, 'OK, yeah we're getting better as we go,'" Jost adds
Che joined SNL in 2013 as a writer. He took a brief detour to The Daily Show, and returned to SNL in 2014 to co-host Update. Jost joined the show as a writer in 2005 straight out of Harvard. So, what was it like for the two native New Yorkers to join the venerable New York TV show?
"It was easier to tell my parents what the job was because they knew what it was," Jost says. "It was easier than any other comedy job because they would not have had a clue what the show was."
"And my Tinder profile blew up," Che added. "I just got so many swipes."