“Saturday Night Live,” you can do it — better.
Comedian Rob Schneider burst out on the scene on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1990s, but nearly three decades later, he thinks the hit NBC comedy series is bursting the punchline when it comes to the Trump White House.
The 54-year-old San Francisco native, who was part of the show’s now-legendary cast that included Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, David Spade and Adam Sandler, says the show today is no different in some ways — yet when it comes to politics, they are too obviously “showing their hand” by consistently bashing President Trump and Republicans.
“The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” he told the Daily News. “You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat’s out of the bag they are completely against Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going.”
Schneider — the star of Netflix’s “Real Rob,” which is streaming now — compares Alec Baldwin’s visceral portrayal of Trump to that of Carvey, who impersonated President George H.W. Bush on the show more than 30 times between 1987 and 2000.
“Carvey played it respectfully,” Schneider said. “To me, the genius of Dana Carvey was Dana always had empathy for the people he played, and Alec Baldwin has nothing but a fuming, seething anger toward the person he plays.”
Schneider said Baldwin is “hard to watch” as Trump because his political slant is obvious by a quick glimpse at his Twitter account.
“Alec Baldwin is a brilliant actor… he’s not a comedian,” Schneider flatly shared.
“I don’t find his impression to be comical,” he added. “Because, like I said, I know the way his politics lean and it spoils any surprise. There’s no possible surprise. He so clearly hates the man he’s playing.”
Politics will be front and center at this year’s Emmy Awards as “Weekend Update” hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will serve as hosts of the annual ceremony on NBC, with “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels at the helm as producer.
A Democrat for most of his life, Schneider recently switched to being an Independent. He confronts a shifting political climate as he regularly performs stand-up, including upcoming gigs in Portland, Ore., Jacksonville, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn. He’s also been accompanying his dear old friend Sandler on his comedy tour, which was filmed for an upcoming Netflix special at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., this week.
He enjoys finding humor in making fun of liberals so they can find the “hypocrisy” in their actions — something Schneider says has become increasingly difficult in today’s “PC” culture.
“Literally if you don’t go the party line — you’re out. There’s a real ugliness to it,” he explained. Continue reading here.
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