‘SNL’ skewers Kanye West’s White House visit
Culture Matters ‘SNL’ skewers Kanye West’s visit with President Trump On Saturday the show’s Chris Redd played a rambling West as Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Trump, who called the rapper “the black me.” by Dennis Romero / / Updated Oct.14.2018 / 2:20 PM GMT Alec Baldwin returns to his role as President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open. The sketch parodies rapper Kanye West (Chris Redd) and former NFL player Jim Brown’s (Kenan Thompson) recent freewheeling meeting with Trump. Will Heath/NBC Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
“Saturday Night Live” opened the third show of the season with a jaded look at Kanye West’s bizarre visit this week to the White House.
During the real meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday , the hip-hop star made odd remarks, including, “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we really have is today.”
On Saturday, the show’s Chris Redd played a rambling West as Alec Baldwin reprised his guest role as Trump for the first time during the 44th season of the live comedy show.
Much of the humor took place inside Trump’s head as he realized the rapper wasn’t entirely coherent.
“I flew here using the power of this hat,” said West, who was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap.
Trump’s inner voice said, “I’ve been in a room with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un and they made a lot more sense than him.”
After West said he was a “stable genius” with a high IQ, Trump said, “Oh my god, he’s the black me!” Later, Trump said to West, “Maybe we should order your lunch from a pharmacy.”
Bill Cosby, sentenced last month in Pennsylvania to three to 10 years for sexual assault , made an appearance in prison. Played by Kenan Thompson, Cosby noted that Jell-O is a staple behind bars.
Nonetheless, he told a new cellmate, “I’m busting out. I got Woody Allen to drive the getaway car. Between the two of us we got one working eyeball.”
On the show’s “Weekend Update” news segment, co-host Colin Jost returned to West’s White House visit, saying, “It’s not the end of the world, this is the end of the world.”
He was referring to a report this week from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that predicts food shortages, more wildfires and other calamities by 2040 if global governments don’t act to further reduce carbon emissions.
“Why don’t I care about this,” co-host Michael Che said.
Seth Meyers, who hosts NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” was the show’s guest star. He returned to helm a skit, “REALLY!?!” that he used to perform when he co-hosted “Weekend Update” with Amy Poehler.
This time the topic was West’s meeting with Trump. “The only place those two should meet is in group,” Meyers said.
Michael Che said he negotiated a contract with “SNL” that allows him to use the n-word four times this season. “I just want to know how much money does this n
PAPER: Michael Moore irrelevant in age of Trump…
Michael Moore was mugged in NYC as a teen — but he still loves Broadway
So what happened? Moore’s brand of mixing comedy with tendentious far-left takes on current events was once rare. Now it’s everywhere. When Moore was in his heyday, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien were apolitical and David Letterman was all about Stupid Human Tricks instead of recycling Democratic Party propaganda as jokes. Now, the comic landscape is awash with strident leftism, from Samantha Bee to Trevor Noah to Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Kimmel, formerly the cheerful lout of “The Man Show,” these days coordinates his messaging on health care with Chuck Schumer’s office. Even Jimmy Fallon is wading into political humor. Many of these comics routinely plot the kind of performance-art stunts that were once Moore’s stock in trade, as when Kimmel sent comic “Jake Byrd” (Tony Barbieri) to crash President Trump’s inauguration and to troll supporters of former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in a church parking lot. These guys share Michael Moore’s politics but an important difference is: They’re comedians. Moore isn’t funny enough to be even a passable stand-up, as he proved in his weak “TrumpLand” movie and his equally tepid Broadway show last year.
Moore spent years as an outlier on the left, willing to go much further into wackadoodle territory than others when he, for instance, blamed the military-industrial complex for the Columbine shootings at the end of “Bowling for Columbine” or hinted that the 9/11 attacks caused a suspiciously convenient reversal of sagging poll numbers for President George W. Bush in “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Today, when an avowed socialist is the spiritual leader of the Democratic Party and leading party figures support such loony-tunes ideas as abolishing ICE or putting everyone on Medicare, Moore’s persona no longer stands out.
Moore’s extremist commentary — extolling the virtues of Iraqi terrorists as “Minutemen” for attacking US troops, wishing Karl Marx a happy 200th birthday on Twitter — is just routine idiocy of the kind that you can easily find on the homepage of the Huffington Post. Anyone with a Twitter feed or a Facebook post can get attention (and a lot of huzzahs) with far-left sentiments. Moore is no longer a voice in the wilderness, just a voice in the crowd. Share this:
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