Rob Schneider was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1994, appearing in sketches opposite Adam Sandler, Dana Carvey, and Chris Farley, but the comedian has a bone to pick with the NBC sketch comedy series these days. Speaking to the New York Daily News, Schneider criticizes “SNL” for being so outspokenly anti-Donald Trump.
“The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” Schneider said. “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.”
Part of the issue is Alec Baldwin’s problematic impression of President Trump, says Schneider. The comedian said Baldwin’s role on the show as Trump is hurt by the fact he has “nothing but a fuming, seething anger toward the person he plays.” Schneider contrasted Baldwin’s Trump with Carvey’s George H.W. Bush.
“Carvey played it respectfully,” Schneider said. “To me, the genius of Dana Carvey was Dana always had empathy for the people he played.
“Alec Baldwin is a brilliant actor, [but] he’s not a comedian,” he continued. “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 is the star and creator of Netflix’s sitcom “Real Rob.” The first two seasons are now streaming. His recent film roles include Sandler’s Netflix comedies “Sandy Wexler” and “The Ridiculous 6.” Head over to the New York Daily News to read Schneider’s interview in its entirety.