Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Rob Schneider says the sketch comedy show is too left-leaning these days.
Schneider, 54, believes the Global show is sacrificing its comedic genius just to make a political statement.
“The fun of ‘SNL’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” he told the Daily News. “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 was on “SNL” during one of its strongest periods, sharing the screen with Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Dana Carvey, and other such luminaries. He praised Carvey, in particular, for parodying former president George H.W. Bush with a measure of restraint compared to Alec Baldwin’s take on Donald Trump.
“Carvey played it respectfully,” Schneider explained. “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.”
The “Deuce Bigalow” actor said Baldwin’s impression is “hard to watch. Alec Baldwin is a brilliant actor… he’s not a comedian. 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.”
Schneider later took to Twitter to elaborate on his comments.
He also expressed pressure to side with the left or the right these days: “Literally, if you don’t go the party line — you’re out. There’s a real ugliness to it.”