SNL’s ‘Meet Your Second Wife’ sketch a dark look at the uncomfortable January-December relationships of some couples.
If you have to explain the joke, or why it’s funny, then it’s not going to be as funny. Or funny anymore. Or funny at all.
That’s why Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s hosting of Saturday Night Live this past weekend was—as it should be—a perfect hit at dissembling societal taboos and patriarchal systems some of us are too uncomfortable to talk about.
Meet Your Second Wife, a sketch about a hit t.v. show featuring 30s-something men who meet their future wives, has guests uncomfortably meet their soon-to-be wives ranging in age from unborn to eighth grade.
This kind of writing falls in line with the good work comedians do to point out the ridiculous and predictable patterns that humans carve out and then become part of our culture. In a society that values the sexual prowess and attractiveness of men at any age, it seems to have forced us to think of “women of a certain age” as having aged out of being “fuckable” (as another brilliant sketch with Amy Schumer and Tina Fey points out).
Men, the joke goes, are brutish and weak, and need to be forced to see that when they leave their wives, their new younger wives will have been once too young for them.
Forget “May-December” relationships. Think January-December.
Judge for yourself.
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