Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was great on the cold opening of Saturday Night Live. Things can be different if the script is different.

Senator Warren is better than her handlers let her be on the campaign trail for the White House. I always knew she was better than she let herself be portraited by her campaign.

A few years ago, she was a guest on my radio program and we had a discussion of her work on three important but not traditionally media-driven political topics. We discussed her bipartisan work on states' rights for marijuana, gambling in the military, and lowering the cost of hearing aids for consumers. She was pleasant, informative, and genuine on these three important issues that directly impact individual Americans' lives.

Saturday Night Live is an American institution that has combined humor and politics since it roared into the living rooms of the nation in 1975. Lots of Democrats and Republicans have appeared on the program over the decades. After the Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, it was Rudy Giuliani and the cast of Saturday Night Live that let America know it was okay to laugh again.

One of my favorites also-ran presidential candidates to appear on SNL was billionaire Steve Forbes. Like Elizabeth Warren, Steve made light of himself and his public image to a chuckling studio audience.

Hopefully, Sen. Warren will embrace her lighter side and find something to laugh about because it is the best medicine and it isn't yet controlled and rationed by the government.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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