Saturday Night Live: “The worst f—— humor in the world”

Caption: Is this supposed to be funny?

Like him or not — and it’s generally rumoured that he can be something of a curmudgeonly fellow — Chevy Chase knows a thing or two about comedy.

Even as a student at upscale liberal arts colleges, Chase was renowned for his slapstick sense of humour. Chase became a founding cast-member of Saturday Night Live and went on to star in some of the most renowned comedies of the 80s. He returned to television in the 2000s, in the highly-regarded community.

Chase is a fairly standard celebrity liberal — environmentalist, (Bill) Clinton fundraiser, and virulent critic of G. W. Bush — but his alma mater, SNL, the epicentre of hectoring leftist “comedy” has drawn his ire. Quote:

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Chevy Chase slammed the late night show and its creator Lorne Michaels in an interview published Wednesday for what he called “the worst f—— humor in the world.”

Speaking to The Washington Post, the 74-year-old Chase, one of SNL’s original cast members, said that while he didn’t want to offend Michaels or the show’s current cast, he’s “amazed Lorne has gone so low.” End of quote.

While Chase had a complicated relationship with some of his original SNL castmates — John Belushi, for instance, son of working-class Chicago immigrants, resented the scion of old New York patrician society — he left the show on good terms midway through its second season and returned for many guest appearances.

It’s unlikely that many more guest invitations will be landing in his inbox, though. Quote:

The “Caddyshack” star…said the show “went downhill” after its first two years on air. “Why am I saying that? Because I was in it? I guess.” End of quote.

I have to agree with him, there. I’ve personally never seen the appeal of SNL: its dreck-to-gold ratio is almost overwhelming. It also set the TV template for unfunny political tub-thumping, something which apparently irks Chase as well. Quote:

“I just couldn’t f—— believe it,” Chase said of the current show, set to premiere its 44th season. “That means a whole generation of s—heads laughs at the worst f—— humor in the world.”

You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse sh– than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts,” Chase told the newspaper…

Chase said Ferrell’s iconic impression of former President George W. Bush was “just not funny. Makes $25 million a picture,” and that while he “liked” Tina Fey, he “didn’t see what all the folderol was about”. End of quote.

One of Chase’s signature early routines was his characterisation of Gerald Ford as a bumbling klutz — but it was at least funny, and Ford himself took it in good stride, and the two become friends: Chase called Ford “a terrific guy”. But the supposedly “iconic” impersonations of almost without exception, Republican politicians trundled out by SNL today are just not funny. Alec Baldwin can slather on the fake tan and put on a blonde wig, but that doesn’t make his unfunny routine any less tiresome and mean-spirited.

You certainly can’t imagine Baldwin joining Donald and Melania for a convivial luncheon.


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