Donald Trump Heckled By Larry David On ‘SNL’
Donald Trump made his debut on Saturday Night Live amid protests outside the studio and a heckle from comedian Larry David.
The Republican presidential candidate’s opening monologue was disrupted by a man in the audience who shouted, “Racist!”
However, it was then revealed the heckler was Curb Your Enthusiasm star David, who joked that he wanted to claim a reward offered by Latino rights group Deport Racism, who offered $5,000 for anyone who heckled Trump during the show.
Organizers of the group, who have since maintained they want to give David the reward, have protested against Trump’s appearance due to his comments on Mexican immigrants, when he described them as “rapists” and drug smugglers. Protesters outside SNL‘s New York studios gathered before filming began, but did little to disrupt the show.
The businessman told the audience on Saturday that he wanted to show viewers he “can take a joke,” and was seemingly the butt of several jibes during the show.
From appearing alongside two lookalikes who have comically played Trump in SNL sketches before, to covering Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video, the White House contender enjoyed his time on the show.
However, most critics did not. He was called “lackluster… and uncomfortable” by The Hollywood Reporter, and Twitter users reacted negatively to the controversial businessman.
“This #SNL proves Donald Trump missed his calling… as a failed live TV actor,” wrote actor Jeffrey Wright, while another posted, “It’s so sad that Donald Trump gets to be racist on national television and get rewarded for it by being invited to shows like SNL.”