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Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:35PM EDT
SNL's Chris Redd nailed his impression of Kanye West
Source: The Root
Saturday Night Live's cold open mocking Kanye West's Oval Office meeting with President Trump wasn't great, but Redd's Kanye impression was. "For someone like Kanye, who’s been a public figure for almost two decades now—and possesses a voice and mannerisms as distinct as his—I assumed I’d be able to jump on YouTube and find dozens of decent to uncanny impersonations of him. Yet the best I could find was from Jay Pharoah and Jamie Foxx, and they’re both kinda meh," says Damon Young. "Granted, I didn’t look very hard. But that’s the point. I shouldn’t have to. Redd, however, nails it. He has Kanye’s mannerisms down. He has Kanye’s conveniently disappearing Chicago accent down. He has the distinct way Kanye’s voice vacillates from a growl to this unnamed thing that always cracks a bit more than you expect it to. (It sometimes reminds me of firewood kindling.) He even gets Kanye’s unique volume right, which is set to 'guy who just gave a speech but doesn’t realize his mic is still on.'"
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
SNL's President Trump-Kanye West cold open was essentially done before
Source: The Atlantic
Back in January 2016, when Darrell Hammond was Saturday Night Live's Trump, Tina Fey appeared as Sarah Palin giving a speech while Hammond's Trump delivered an inner monologue to the camera. SNL essentially repeated the sketch with its spoof of West's visit last week to the Oval Office. "Though the sketch drew some facile comparisons between West and Trump’s ways of thinking, it ended up making Trump seem extremely self-aware, a tough satirical point to land," says David Sims. "The jokes also leaned on lazy, stigmatizing punchlines about mental illness. Combined with last week’s portrayal of the Senate as pumped-up and triumphant, so far SNL hasn’t done much to actually skewer the people in charge of the country. Indeed, the program could learn a few lessons from (host Seth) Meyers, whose talk show Late Night delivers incisive, witty commentary on the administration almost every night with its 'Closer Look' segment."
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Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Late-night hosts need to stop mocking Kanye West's mental health
Source: The Daily Beast
Jimmy Kimmel called West "an irrational madman" on Thursday night, while Trevor Noah described him as "a ranting lunatic." "West’s political about-face is confusing and frustrating for many—myself included—and in the age of Trump, it’s tough to know how far you can go," says Marlow Stern. "But no matter what you think of his politics, shaming West over his mental illness or bringing his late mother (or young children) into the equation is crossing the line. Y’all can—and should—do better."
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Kanye West's Oval Office meeting with President Trump gave late-night hosts a lot of material
Source: Rolling Stone
“I kind of feel like everyday I say, ‘Today was the craziest day…’ This was something special,” said Jimmy Kimmel, who added: “That’s the President of the United States sitting quietly while an irrational madman rants and raves at him. Now he knows how we feel every morning when we wake up to him.”
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Kanye West holds an impromptu press conference while speaking with President Trump in the Oval Office
In what some are saying may be preview of this week's SNL cold open, cable news captured the bizarre spectacle of Kanye West meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office. Following a marathon speech while sitting across from Trump, West was asked questions from the media about his past comments denouncing former President George W. Bush. West ended his visit by giving President Trump a hug. "I love this guy right here," West said.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Kenan Thompson blasts Kanye West's pro-Trump SNL rant: "He invited the cast back up there to immediately sh*t on them
Source: E! Online
"It has to have been one of the top five weirdest goodnights with Mr. West," Seth Meyers asked Thompson on his Late Night podcast. "I would say the absolute top," Thompson replied. "That was just gnarly, he's such a setup artist. He invited the cast back up there to immediately sh*t on them. What kind of like weird, let me be the puppet master type sh*t is that? I'm so glad that I'd gone to my room to change."
Posted Sunday 10/07/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Pete Davidson slams Kanye West's post-SNL pro-Trump rant
Source: The Daily Beast
Saturday Night Live left it to Davidson to address the unaired Kanye West pro-Trump rant that featured the entire cast awkwardly standing behind him after the previous week's show. Davidson said on "Weekend Update" he thought Michael Che “should be the one to talk about Kanye, but we discussed it, you know, because Che is black, but I’m crazy and we both know which side of Kanye is at the wheel right now.” Davidson added: “So speaking strictly for myself, what Kanye said after he went off the air last week was one of the worst, most awkward things I’ve ever seen here. And I’ve seen Chevy Chase speak to an intern.” Davidson ended his segment by donning a red hat that read: “Make Kanye 2006 Again.”
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel reacts after Kanye West says "we're not going to Jimmy Kimmel the situation" on TMZ Live
West was on TMZ Live Monday when he invoked Kimmel's name when Harvey Levin tried to cut to a commercial break. West was referring to his August interview with Kimmel in which the talk show host cut to a commercial break after the hip-hop mogul didn't immediately answer his question about Trump. "I honestly don't know whether to be flattered or offended by that," Kimmel said the way his name was used on TMZ Live.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 2:47PM EDT
Kenan Thompson jokes that Kanye West held SNL "hostage," reacts to losing the Emmy to Henry Winkler
Source: The A.V. Club
The longtime Saturday Night Live cast member explained to Seth Meyers what happened when Kanye West went on a pro-Trump rant after the show. “We’re all entitled to our own opinion — I don’t know if that’s the moment, necessarily, to hold people hostage like that,” he said on Late Night. “But hey, you know.” As for losing the best supporting actor in a comedy Emmy to Henry Winkler of Barry, Thompson said he was okay with it because the former Happy Days star was “a sweet little old Jewish gumdrop" who had waited 42 years for the award. Besides, Thompson won an Emmy for co-writing "Come Back Barack" for SNL.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Kanye West: Lorne Michaels promised I would host SNL this season
West returned to TMZ Live today to explain his unaired pro-Trump SNL rant and the alleged bullying he encountered on the show. He also said: “Now, Lorne has promised me to host this year. I do feel a bit slighted that I have not hosted SNL because it’s going to be lit! When we did the Lil Pump thing, I feel that I’m missing my calling a little bit. I’m so funny!” Despite being a six-time musical guest, West has never hosted Saturday Night Live.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
President Trump insists he didn't watch SNL's season debut, praises Kanye West's "great" unaired pro-Trump rant
Source: TV Guide
"Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer funny, no talent or charm," Trump tweeted Sunday. "It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told 'no'), was great. He’s leading the charge!" U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell mocked the president, tweeting Arrested Development-style: "Narrator: he watched it." ALSO: SNL's Season 44 premiere ratings topped last year's season debut.
Posted Sunday 9/30/18 at 6:30AM EDT
Chris Rock captured Kanye West getting booed while giving a pro-Trump speech after SNL went off-air
Source: The Daily Beast
Rock's Instagram Stories showed West, sporting a "Make America Great Again" hat after the Saturday Night Live goodbyes while the cast was on stage. West went on a pro-Trump rant as the cast members rolled their eyes. Rock can be heard laughing and uttering "oh my God" while the audience booed and yelled.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
SNL got Kanye West to replace Ariana Grande after she dropped out of the season premiere
Source: Us Weekly
“We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” Lorne Michaels said on SNL historian James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast, which was taped earlier this month but released on Thursday. Saturday Night Live announced Adam Driver as host and West as musical guest on Sept. 17. "Kanye stepped up, and he’ll be there," Michael said. "So, the reach of the show and the number of people who will step forward is now somehow now, I think, probably at its peak.” A source tells Us Weekly, however, that while there were discussions about having the singer perform during the upcoming season, she was “was never booked to perform during this weekend’s premiere.” Grande has been dating SNL cast member Pete Davidson since May. ALSO: How will SNL cover the Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande romance?
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Kanye West says he wanted Louis CK to host SNL this week
West, who is this week's Saturday Night Live musical guest with host Adam Driver, expressed his preference for the comedian during a visit to the offices of The Fader.
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.