Last week, President-elect Donald Trump ripped “Saturday Night Live” on Twitter, calling the sketch comedy show “one-sided” and “biased.”
One cast member says he has a point.
Michael Che, who hosts the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, told Esquire magazine that despite trying to remain balanced and take on both sides, the show has seemed to shift leftward.
“Oddly, I agree with him,” Che said. “We try to write that way. But I do agree with him. I think the show should show all views and we make a conscious effort to do so.”
Che referred to a recent sketch involving liberals in denial over Trump’s election wanting to move into a “bubble” protecting their progressive ideas from other forms of thinking.
“That was a great sketch poking fun at ultra-liberals,” Che said.
“SNL” has done a number of skits during the election campaign that have hit the left. In one, the host of “Black Jeopardy” is surprised that a white Trump support has a lot in common with the other black contestants. In another, white New York liberals melt down on election night as it becomes clear Trump is going to win.
Bates loved ‘Bad Santa’ role
One thing that caused the 13-year gap between the original “Bad Santa” and its sequel was the script. The original idea for “Bad Santa 2” was to have the heavy drinking, foul-mouthed, sex crazy Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) work on his next robbery with his deadbeat dad.
The problem was when they started coming up with ideas, Willie’s father was too much like Willie so the lack of contrast didn’t work.
Finally, someone suggested that Willie work with his mother instead. Thornton says that as soon as the suggestion was made, it was universally thought that only Oscar-winner Kathy Bates could play the role of Willie’s mom, who plans to rob a charity.
Bates jumped at the idea of being part of the raunchy holiday comedy. Not only was it a chance to do more than the one scene she had with Thornton in “Primary Colors,” as well as do some big comedy, but Bates got to live out a long time fantasy through the back-stabbing, two-timing character of Sunny Soke.
She had such a passion to play a “biker chick” role that Bates was involved in every aspect of creating the look for Sunny.
“I wanted her to have tats. I wanted her to have a Mohawk,” Bates says. “I had so much fun.”
Actor-rapper Bryshere Gray (“Empire”) is 23. … Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) is 33. … Actor Ryan Kwanten (”True Blood”) is 40. … Comedian Jon Stewart is 54. … Drummer Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) is 54. … Actor Ed Harris is 66. … Musician Paul Shaffer is 67.