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Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Robert De Niro's "disaster" of a cameo encapsulates SNL's Trump era bad decisions
As legendary of an actor as De Niro is, he just isn't good at live sketch comedy. Yet Saturday Night Live keeps bringing him out to play Robert Mueller. "About three minutes into this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open, all of the bad decisions the show has made during the Trump presidency slowly swung into perfect, awful alignment," says Matthew Dessum. "Watch in horror as a once-in-a-lifetime harmonic convergence between the show’s love of celebrity cameos, their weakness for reassuring their audience that everything will be okay, and their apparently difficult-to-read cue cards unleashes gravitational forces that tear the cold open to pieces." Dessum adds: "Whatever was going on with Robert De Niro is a disaster. He rarely makes eye contact with (Alex) Moffat, staring instead at what must be the cue cards, he delivers jokes like he’s reading them for the first time, and at one point it seems like he either skipped some lines or a last-minute edit rendered the dialogue nonsensical, because he answers, 'That depends on how much you want to visit your family,' in answer to a question no one asked...The result is hard to watch, but weirdly, it ends up being more honest than the sketch would have been if they’d executed it flawlessly."
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Adam Driver to host SNL's Season 44 premiere, joined by musical guest Kanye West
Ahead of tonight's SNL-themed Emmy Awards, the NBC variety show has announced that Driver, fresh off his starring role in BlacKkKlansman, will host the kickoff to Season 44 on Sept. 29. Driver first hosted SNL in January 2016. He'll be joined by musical guest Kanye West, who will perform on the show for the seventh time. It was also revealed today that after two seasons, SNL featured players Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will be promoted to the repertory cast for Season 44. Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner, who joined last year, will remain as featured players.
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
SNL's Alex Moffat and Mikey Day respond to the Trump brothers' differing reactions to their "Weekend Update" impressions
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Donald Trump Jr. seems to have found some humor in Day's impression, while Eric Trump complained last month to The Washington Post that Moffat gets him all wrong. "I’ve just assumed that Eric’s not a huge fan of the portrayal," says Moffat. "And I assume that Don Jr. is, because in his mind, it’s probably like, 'Oh yeah, that’s right. I am the smart one." Day adds: "We imagine Don Jr. laughing, hitting Eric on the shoulder: 'Look what they said about you…ha!'" ALSO: Anna Faris wasn't a fan of Abby Elliott's SNL impression of her.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
Anderson Cooper approves of his current SNL impersonator, is glad to see his CNN show cut in half
Source: Orlando Sentinel
In fall 2015, Cooper expressed disapproval with what friend Andy Cohen called then-SNL cast member Jon Rudnitsky's "queened it up" impression of the CNN host. But Cooper approves of Alex Moffat's impression of him, which resurfaced two days ago on SNL's cold open. "I think he does it really well," Cooper said today. “I’d love to meet him and maybe give him one of my ties. Seth Meyers was the first one to do me on SNL. When he left, I was sad to see him go because nobody else would be doing me anymore. I’m glad somebody else has taken it up.” Cooper wouldn't discuss his Stormy Daniels interview-- slated to air Sunday on 60 Minutes -- but he did talk about Chris Cuomo taking over one of his CNN primetime hours: "I totally think it’s a great thing," he said. "I’m happy not to be doing two hours every night. Two hours in a row is a lot of live television. I think Chris is a great voice to have in prime time. It brings great energy to our prime time.”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
SNL portrays the Trump brothers as mental opposites, but why is Eric Trump the dumb one?
Source: The Washington Post
After 24 straight years of presidents with young daughters, Saturday Night Live finally has adult sons to pick on with Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) and Eric Trump (Alex Moffat). "For a year now," says Dan Zak, "SNL has portrayed the Trump brothers, Eric and Don Jr., as a study in contrasts: Don is the adult and his younger brother is still very much a child — and perhaps a somewhat delayed one at that. It’s like something out of Steinbeck, with Don placating Eric with toys, treats and reassuring words." Zak, who profiled the brothers for The Washington Post in 2016, says SNL "does not capture either of them in the slightest. But, then again, the show has never gotten Hillary Clinton right either." As Zak points out, even though Eric is portrayed as the dumb one, it has been Donald Jr. who has been "in the fray a lot more than Eric over the past two years," especially with the Russia investigation. “Unfortunately it is the price one pays for being in a political family,” Eric Trump says of the SNL characterization. “They got it wrong, they detest us and they will do anything to try and undermine our credibility.” Zak notes that politics has a history of turning siblings into punchlines. "When a whole family enters politics, as the Trumps have done, its siblings undergo a public sorting," he says. "The media try to sniff out black sheep. Quirks and idiosyncrasies balloon into defining traits."
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