Watch: SNL Takes On Robert Durst, And It's Scary Funny
Alleged murderer and former Scarsdale resident Robert Durst gets the Saturday Night Live treatment — and he’s not the only local figure who showed up
We’ve come to expect (and look forward to) Saturday Night Live’s repeated spoofing of well-known public figures ranging from celebrities like Alex Trebek to politicians like Barack Obama and George W. Bush. But we have to be honest here. We really didn’t expect alleged serial killer (and former Scarsdale resident) Robert Durst to show up — at an improv comedy club, played by Kate McKinnon, no less — and for it to actually be funny.
Comedy based around current and controversial issues can be difficult to get right. It was only a few weeks ago that SNL came under fire for a digital short showing a preppy American teenager joining ISIS. But McKinnon, who is probably the show’s best impressionist now that Bill Hader is gone, made it work. Her hunched posture, deadened eyes, repeated sniffling and blinking, and oddly Marge Simpson-like voice are accurate enough to be immediately recognized as Durst (anybody who’s seen the HBO documentary series The Jinx knows why he’s often described as “eccentric”), but hammy enough that we can still laugh at the portrayal without feeling too guilty.
Durst wasn’t the only Westchester figure to get the SNL treatment during the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-hosted show. Former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) — who, in 2000, headed the investigation into the disappearance of Durst’s first wife — also graced NBC’s airwaves with an appearance in the skit. Check out the video from NBC below: