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Rob Schneider Pinpoints the Political Moment Saturday Night Live Stopped Being a Comedy Show

Rob Schneider Pinpoints the Political Moment Saturday Night Live Stopped Being a Comedy Show

“there was no joke at the end, and I went, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not gonna come back”

Actor and comedian Rob Schneider is one of the few openly right-leaning entertainers in the United States.

He appeared on Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s, and criticized the program during a recent interview with Glenn Beck.

Schneider accused the show of going too far left politically and pointed to one moment that ended the show as a comedy enterprise.

FOX News reports:

Rob Schneider says ‘SNL’ was ‘over’ after Kate McKinnon’s performance of ‘Hallelujah’ as Hillary Clinton

Rob Schneider voiced his opinion on the moment that he knew “Saturday Night Live” was “over.”

The 58-year-old “SNL” alum told podcast host Glenn Beck that he believed the famous post-2016 U.S. presidential election cold open in which Kate McKinnon performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as Hillary Clinton was the NBC comedy sketch series’ undoing.

“I hate to crap on my own show,” the “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” star said during a Saturday appearance on “The Glenn Beck Podcast.”

He continued, “When Hillary Clinton lost — which is understandable. She’s not exactly the most likable person in the room. And then when Kate McKinnon went out there on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the cold opening and all that, and she started dressed as Hillary Clinton, and she started playing ‘Hallelujah.’ I literally prayed, ‘Please have a joke at the end.’

“Don’t do this. Please don’t go down there.’ And there was no joke at the end, and I went, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not gonna come back.’”…

In “SNL’s” first episode following Clinton’s election loss to Donald Trump, the show opened with McKinnon in character as the former presidential hopeful. The visibly emotional comedienne played a somber rendition of “Hallelujah” on the piano before turning to the camera and saying, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”

Watch the clip of Schneider talking about this below:

In case you’ve forgotten, this really was pathetic.

Stephen L. Miller suggests that the show jumped the shark when they sang “To Sir, With Love” to then outgoing President Obama.

I once made a similar point about the show singing “All I Want for Christmas is You” to Robert Mueller.

Cast member Kenan Thompson recently said that it might be time to retire the show. He’s right.

Featured image via YouTube.

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Kate is pretty funny in the alien encounter skit and the companion bit, the Kringlemous Christmas goblin routine.
SNL is well in its sour years.

SNL stopped being a comedy show when Bill Murray left. Or maybe Eddie Murphy … ok the Dana Carvey/Phil Hartman era was pretty good but they mostly have been coasting on Murray/Belushi/Radner for over 40 years now. It’s a joke, unlike the material on the show.

    txvet2 in reply to FOAF. | September 1, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Any ensemble would suffer in comparison to the original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players”.

    Olinser in reply to FOAF. | September 1, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    They still had some good stuff when Ferrell was there, Celebrity Jeopardy is one of their all time best skits. There was a lot of political crap there, but there was still SOME good stuff, they really jumped the shark at that point though, they haven’t been relevant OR funny in 15-20 years at this point.

      Massinsanity in reply to Olinser. | September 1, 2022 at 8:52 pm

      Celebrity Jeopardy was good but one of the few recent skits that worked for me was “Black Jeopardy.” If you haven’t seen them please check them out on YouTube.

      The one with Chadwick Boseman was hilarious and could have been written by a conservative (though that was clearly not the intention). The Tom Hanks one was good too.

      Other than that the show has been mostly shite for me since Eddie M who, to me, remains the single funniest performer ever on the show. There were some decent moment with Hartman, Farley and Spade. Matt Foley is a great character.

      Closer to 40, really.

It happened a lot earlier than 2016, Rob. You simply weren’t paying attention.

Belushi and Aykeroyd, and the rest of the early cast, were wonderful. “Jane, you ignorant slut.” “Land shark.” “Rosanna Rosanna Danna.” But that was more than 40 years ago. I don’t think we are allowed such comedy anymore!

Besides Rob, there were a number of right-leaning comedians on the show before 2010 – Victoria Jackson, Dennis Miller, Norm McDonald, Adam Sandler, and I think a couple of others that slip my mind at the moment.

After 2016, it was not possible to be on that cast unless you were a raving, frothing, sociopathic Communist.

Please. It stopped being funny long before 2016.

That cold open is when they stopped TRYING to be funny.

She lost to Trump and she was floored
He stomped her good – ran up the score
I’m mystified that Bill would ever do ya.
She cursed the sky, she raised a fist
And drowned her sorrow with a fifth
The wicked crone left babbling “I’m a looser”

I’m a looser, I’m a looser
I’m a looser, I’m a looser

    gonzotx in reply to MrE. | September 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Very good

    The drink was strong two hundred proof
    You held your glass with cloven hoof
    You really didn’t think you’d win now do ya’
    You stomped your feet and fixed your glare
    On the man with orange skin and hair
    And from your lips he drew the “I’m a loser”

    I’m a looser, I’m a looser
    I’m a looser, I’m a looser

    (It’s going to be a long night …)

    They propped you up with fake ass polls
    But that won’t stop deplorables
    Who wore the name with pride to stick it to ya
    You blamed the left, you blamed the right
    You blamed the blacks, you blamed the whites
    But in the end your nothing but a loser

    You’re a loser, you’re a loser
    You’re a loser, you’re a loser

    She vowed revenge and conjured proof
    Fake dossier and Putin too
    She wiped the emails from her old computer
    When Mueller whiffed the tune was changed
    Impeachment train sang 2 refrains
    Still Teflon Don exposed you for a loser

    You’re a loser, you’re a loser
    You’re a loser, you’re a loser

And you can’t even let your children watch Sesame Street

Now that’s a shame

We’ll be racists but not semi fascists

Oh Biden’s gonna throw it all out there tonight. He’s on a f-king roll.

He’ll be frothing from his eyeballs

I don’t remember the year, but the point I’ve always seen as The End was when David Spade got turfed for going off script live on air and pointing out how stupid and unfunny the sketches were. So 1995-1996 or so. Chris Farley was still alive.

Victor Immature | September 2, 2022 at 4:46 am

Another Clinton turning point was Bill wriggling out of any real fallout for lying on the stand. All the enlightened said “Whatever, I don’t care what he does in his private sex life” WOMEN said this, disregarding the infidelity never mind the larger point of lying under oath until the DNA contradicted his lie.
Since then, lying is just accepted. The oily weasy Newsome told 3 lies in one sentence regarding his party at French Laundry and went on to survive the recall. Pelosi gets her hair done during lockdown and says she was “set up”. Countless examples daily.
SNL comedically was already dead. As far as best era, the 70s stuff didn’t age well. The 80s had some good moments, but the early 90’s cast was stacked. Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Sandler, etc etc Even Will Ferrell showed glimmers as GW Bush.

The “Tales of the Arkansas State Police” was one of the funniest, and most truthful, bits that they did. Showing Hillarity as a DV abuser was just perfect. Losing Miller and McDonald off of Weekend Update certainly changed the tone of the show, and I bet I stopped watching after that. Even then, it was taped and watched in 10 minutes with liberal FF involved.