Winthrop University seemed to be the only name spared from teasing and barbs this weekend during a “Saturday Night Live” sketch about MSNBC’s Democratic presidential forum, featuring comedians Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong and Larry David.
Even the forum format was mocked, with Strong – portraying forum moderator and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow – saying, “In case you were wondering what a forum is, it’s a debate that no one watches.”
Winthrop was named-dropped on “SNL” Saturday as Strong introduced the “forum” during the opening sketch of the late-night comedy show. Donald Trump, a GOP presidential frontrunner, hosted the show, but he wasn’t part of the skit poking fun at the Winthrop forum.
During the nearly eight-minute sketch, McKinnon played Hillary Clinton, David portrayed Bernie Sanders and Taran Killam acted as Martin O’Malley. The show’s mock forum stage was designed to look like the same stage MSNBC set up inside Winthrop’s Byrnes Auditorium.
Winthrop officials have not yet estimated the financial value of having hosted MSNBC’s and S.C. Democratic Party’s “First in the South” presidential forum, but it looks like they’ll need to add the “SNL” exposure to the calculations.
“SNL” airs at 11:30 p.m. Saturdays on NBC. Both NBC and MSNBC are owned by NBCUniversal, headquartered in New York City.
Winthrop was chosen earlier this year to host the Democratic presidential forum and was also featured Thursday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” The forum and associated events last week brought thousands of visitors to the Winthrop campus and Rock Hill.