Comedian Rob Schneider said “Saturday Night Live” has totally ruined the joke because viewers know they hate President Donald Trump and Republicans.
“The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” the 54-year-old comedian told the Daily News Friday. “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.”
He then compared comedian Dana Carvey’s portrayal of George H.W. Bush during his time on the late-night sketch to how Alec Baldwin has played Trump.
“Carvey played it respectfully,” Schneider shared. “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.”
“Alec Baldwin is a brilliant actor… he’s not a comedian,” he added. “I don’t find his impression to be comical. 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.”
The comedian, who recently switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Independent, said nothing good can come from bashing the president.
“Nothing good can come from making Trump nervous,” Schneider explained “It’s like asking Bill Cosby to top off your drink.”
He also shared that he looks forward to making fun of liberals during his stand-up shows so that he can point out their “hypocrisy.”
“Literally if you don’t go the party line– you’re out,” Schneider said. “There’s a real ugliness to it.”