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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Meghan McCain wonders if she's the first former Lorne Michaels intern to be parodied on SNL
The View co-host tweeted on Sunday in reaction to SNL's "Morning Joe" sketch in which she was played by Aidy Bryant: "Can’t believe I got parodied on SNL last night - is this the first time this has happened to a former Lorne Michaels intern?! Also fun fact, @aidybryant and I went to the same high school in Phoenix." ALSO: Did SNL whack Alec Baldwin's Trump with Sopranos cold open?
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
The Alec Baldwin Show will be the first network primetime talk show since NBC's The Jay Leno Show
Alec Baldwin's new talk show, which will emphasize lengthy sit-down interviews, is something rarely done in broadcast primetime. But as Variety points out, "the Sunday 10 p.m. time slot has been such a challenge for ABC in recent years that there’s not much to lose by giving Baldwin a shot."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC unveils its fall schedule, featuring Roseanne Barr and Alec Baldwin
The Trump fan and the Trump hater will share the network stage this fall, with Roseanne returning to its Tuesday timeslot and Baldwin's talk show, now titled The Alec Baldwin Show, airing at 10 p.m. on Sundays. ABC is also moving Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless to Fridays. Nathan Fillion's The Rookie will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. while Whiskey Cavalier and Grand Hotel will be held to midseason.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
SNL's celeb-filled cold opens have become tired and "cringeworthy pieces of self-satisfied liberal propaganda"
The recent star-studded cold opens mocking President Trump's scandals have become parodies of themselves, says Harry Cheadle. Beyond the novelty, he says, "the jokes are tired references to current events that never build on one another. Instead, they are limply tossed out as obvious applause lines to an anti-Trump crowd." ALSO: Rudy Giuliani refers to Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti as "a guy who books for Saturday Night Live."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Alec Baldwin responds to Joe Piscopo saying SNL's Stormy Daniels cold open went "over the line"
"Stormy Daniels on SNL? Lorne Michaels doesn’t even ask me to go on SNL," said the early 1980s SNL cast member in a Fox Business interview. “It was such a great, organized sketch,” he said. “But don’t put Stormy Daniels in there – what do I tell my kids?” Baldwin responded: "You tell them Trump is a compulsive adulterer who pays off porn stars w $ from dubious sources. What else?"
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Michelle Wolf's White House roast denounced by person who booked her for her "truth-to-power style"
On Feb. 22, White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev named Wolf the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying in a statement: “Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.” On Sunday night, following nearly 24 hours of controversy over Wolf's polarizing speech, Talev issued another statement that referred to Wolf only as "the entertainer": "Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission." Wolf responded to Talev's statement on Instagram, quoting those last seven words: "Not in the spirit of that mission."
- President Trump slammed Seth Meyers in mocking Wolf and calling Saturday's WHCD an "embarrassment" that should be put "to rest": "The filthy 'comedian' totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance)"
- WHCA president Talev defended Wolf earlier Sunday for saying "what she thought was important to say" -- but noted that her speech wasn't pre-screened
- Kathy Griffin stuck up for Wolf: Of course Sarah Huckabee Sanders was going to get the toughest jokes -- "she was Trump's proxy" on the dais
- No, Wolf didn't joke about Sanders' looks: "Smoky eye" was a riff on a Maybelline slogan
- The Handmaid's Tale joke also wasn't a slam of Sanders' looks
- Comedians stand by Wolf: "comics r truth tellers - deal with it," tweeted Rosie O'Donnell
- 2012 WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel: "Dear 'the media' - @michellewolf was FUNNY. Hire a juggler next year"
- Roseanne Barr appeared to side against Wolf: "first rule of comedy: NEVER target someone more famous than U who is in the audience," she tweeted. "U will lose the entire crowd"
- Journalists urging Wolf to apologize for what should have been an uncontroversial joke sends an incredibly dangerous message
- Fox News' Brian Kilmeade said Wolf attacked to impress Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: “Congratulations, when the three of you go out to dinner, I’m sure you’ll be laughing a lot. But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. In fact, it’s the reason why the president didn’t want to go.”
- Michelle Wolf got it just right: "Wolf, according to the commentariat, violated a sacred standard of decency that defines the correspondents’ dinner every year," says Molly Roberts. "The comedian should roast people, yes, but she should do it at a suitably low temperature for this town’s all-too-tender egos. Wolf broke protocol by turning on the broiler. Yet the figures she scorched have shattered norms that are far more important than an unspoken prohibition on vagina jokes."
- Celebrities shunned the WHCD this year: Kathy Griffin and Jordan Klepper were the biggest entertainment names in attendance
- Will Wolf hasten the death of the WHCD?: "The annual event’s contradictions have become too heavy to bear"
- Alec Baldwin praised Wolf's joke mocking his fellow NBC star Megyn Kelly
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, The Handmaid's Tale, Alec Baldwin, Brian Kilmeade, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Talev, Megyn Kelly, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump Presidency, Twitter, White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Rob Schneider criticizes SNL for being "completely against Trump"
Schneider, who went from being a lifelong Democrat to a Republican in 2013 to recently becoming an independent, tells The New York Daily News: "The fun of Saturday Night Live was always you never knew which way they leaned politically. 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 also criticized Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Trump, comparing it to Dana Carvey's Bush impression: "I don't find his impression to be comical," he says. "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 ... Carvey played it respectfully. 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."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
The "redemption narrative" seems inevitable for the powerful men sidelined by sexual misconduct
The recent spate of stories on sexual abusers like Louis CK, Mario Batali and Matt Lauer potentially staging comebacks are all part of the redemption arc, says Stassa Edwards. "There’s a certain tick-tock already baked in the redemption story; a sense that there are correct steps done in a thoughtful order to restore temporarily suspended careers," she says. "The first is to admit wrongdoing and apologize. CK issued an apology, as did Batali (Batali’s, done through his newsletter, even included a recipe for cinnamon rolls). The second is evidence that a man has made some sort of effort to change. This is usually in the form of thinking or listening, perhaps even a kind of soul-searching." Edwards notes that these redemption narratives don't ask difficult questions, nor do they make difficult demands. "It’s revealing that such self-reflection never results in the conclusion that men who have spent careers harassing and bullying should not return to those careers," she says. "They never reach the conclusion that their past actions have permanently degraded their authority as cultural arbiters. It’s telling that they demand not just forgiveness but the continued public support that an actor or chef or journalist requires with giving so little in return. But then they would have to question the very 'self,' and its true capacity for reflection, they value so dearly. The work of making amends is messy and long; there is no room for such things in these swift and tidy narratives."
- Anthony Bourdain's #MeToo advice for Alec Baldwin: "Just shut up"
- It's like there's a quota for needlessly sympathetic stories about odious men
- Of course these men expect to re-enter their careers as if nothing ever happened
- Sean Penn dines with Charlie Rose after writing a poem defending defending him against sexual misconduct allegations
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Happy 60th birthday, Alec Baldwin!
"60 years. I’m truly speechless...," Baldwin wrote on Instagram in celebrating the Big 6-0 today.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 5:26PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says there have been "several" past gay SNL cast members, who "were not out then and are not out now"
Baldwin responded to comedian James Adomian's criticism that Saturday Night Live hasn't had an out gay male cast member in three decades by tweeting "consider the source." When asked by comedian Guy Branum, who is gay, "Well, Alec, can you identify a gay man he (Lorne Michaels) did hire?," Baldwin responded: "I can identify several. But they were not out then and are not out now. You realize that possibility, right?" To which Branum responded: "That’s the point, Alec. Opportunities are denied us for being out. The fact that gay men get cast on SNL when they stay closeted and play ball doesn’t make the show inclusive. But please say 'Hi' to your secret gay friends for me!"
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
Alec Baldwin on his feud with President Trump: "It is kind of surreal"
“Does he have like alerts or does he sequester himself for just a period of tweeting?" Baldwin said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. "Like is he there, as they say, watching Fox & Friends in the morning, he’s got like his triple order of bacon…and he’s got his phone and he’s watching the news and he’s in his boxers and his bathrobe and he’s *tweeting tweeting*…Does he tweet throughout the day or is it like a big binge thing?”
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Darrell Hammond recalls his and Lorne Michaels' reaction to President Trump tweeting about him last week
After Trump dissed Alec Baldwin on Twitter last Friday and urged SNL to "bring back Darrell Hammond," Hammond ran into Michaels, who jokingly said: "The president knows your name." There was, however, no discussion about bringing Hammond back to reprise his Trump alongside Baldwin's Trump following the newsworthy tweet. As SNL's announcer, Hammond had been taping his intros from Los Angeles, where he moved to get away from the show. But Hammond has now moved back to New York and is spending a lot of time in Studio 8H these days, ready to go on TV if called.
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 8:45AM EST
Alec Baldwin seemed to express sympathy for Kevin Spacey on his ABC talk show debut
The Sundays with Alec Baldwin host, who has been criticized for pushing back on the #MeToo movement, discussed Spacey while interviewing Jerry Seinfeld. "It’s always so sad to watch people self-destruct," said Baldwin. "Even though they’re horrible people, some of them. Like Kevin Spacey. I love Kevin, but Kevin was a big fan of (Kevin). Kevin was the president of Kevin’s fan club.”
Posted Sunday 3/04/18 at 2:12PM EST
SNL usually shies away from parodying tragedy, but not when it came to President Trump and Parkland
"Saturday Night Live usually responds to a national tragedy by eschewing comedy. Usually, it has no choice," says Avi Selk. "...But when SNL returned to the air this weekend after a month-long hiatus during which the country’s worst high school shooting massacre occurred, the show used President Trump to bridge the gap between the tragic and the ridiculous."
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 2:13PM EST
President Trump is right about Alec Baldwin's SNL impression
Trump's tweet(s) this morning badmouthing Baldwin's impression of him is dead-on, says Alex Shephard, who argues that Baldwin is whining about the "agony" of impersonating Trump while he spent the past two years "cashing in" on the high-profile gig. "Baldwin deserves some credit for advancing a more menacing depiction of Trump, but his take is still slap-dash and perfunctory," says Shephard. "He sleepwalks through all of the now familiar Trump tics, without offering much in the way of jokes, let alone insight. (The President Show's) Anthony Atamuniak, who does a much better Trump, grasped Trump’s thuggishness and insecurity long before Baldwin did, and Baldwin has paid tribute to Atamuniak’s superior impression by insecurely badmouthing the less successful comedian and actor on late night TV. Also, Baldwin gets the voice wrong." ALSO: Watch this week's SNL promos with Charles Barkley.