Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SNL Is HAVING A YUUUGE YEAR On THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER MAG!!!



Because of ONE reason, NBC sketch comedy show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is having its highest ratings in decades... President DONALD JOHN TRUMP!!!

20 SNL Insiders give up the goods o what has become a wild and wacky ride i the new issue of The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Magazine.

Here are some interview interludes:

LORNE MICHAELS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER The idea came out of a conversation with Tina Fey at some point during the summer. She said, "Well, the person that should really play [Trump] is Alec." And I went, "Yeah!" A light went on.
CECILY STRONG, CASTMEMBER Lorne was being very coy about how he had some plans. There was going to be a "shake-up" is how he put it. We didn't know what that meant. I remember trying to text producer friends to find out what he was talking about.
ALEC BALDWIN, GUEST STAR I was all booked to do a film. The people involved were supposed to escrow money and the money didn't hit on the agreed-upon date, so we gave them an extension. During that time, Lorne was calling me, going (in Michaels' voice), "I think you should play Trump. I think you would be fantastic. And what would you rather do than come here every weekend for the next 18 weekends?" Then the money for the movie didn't hit again. We gave another extension, and I said to Lorne again, "I can't. I'm going to make this movie." And he was like, "Well, when you finish shooting, we'll fly you here on a private plane on Saturdays." 
KATE MCKINNON, CASTMEMBER I'm a lifelong Alec Baldwin fan, so I was really intimidated and excited [to play Hillary Clinton opposite him]. We didn't sit down together beforehand or try to develop a dynamic. He came in to rehearse the day before, and that was it.
MICHAEL CHE, CASTMEMBER I remember the producers telling me I'm going to be Lester Holt in that first debate. Jay Pharoah had just left the show, and he used to do all of those impressions, so it was a little nerve-racking but also cool because the season was starting and I got the first line. Immediately, people were writing about it, and it felt like this was going to be a crazy ride for a few weeks and then the world would go back to normal.
ECK BENNETT, CASTMEMBER When I was put in that sketch, it was like, "Oh, Beck can play Putin. It's, like, two lines." I don't think anybody thought Putin was going to play the part that he did in the election then. What I remember is that when we first did it, I had a suit on. Then the second time they cut to me in that sketch, the suit was miraculously off, and that got a big reaction. That's how we found the take on that impression:
LESLIE JONES, CASTMEMBER The sketch was just so real and honest because that's pretty much how I am when I'm around my white friends. It's like we've been living in this world forever, and you all just woke up to it.
COLIN JOST, CASTMEMBER The day after the election got extremely sad and very disorienting. People didn't know what to write. No one was feeling very funny.
CHRIS ROCK, GUEST STAR Honestly, I'm always there for Dave and for Lorne. I met Lorne Michaels in '91, and I haven't been broke since. But I thought it was important for me and Dave to be seen together. When I was a kid, outside of Harlem Nights, I never saw Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor together or Richard and [Bill] Cosby together. When people get together and team up, it's usually when their power has diminished.
MELISSA MCCARTHY, GUEST STAR Back in February, I was on a plane with Kristen [Stewart] — she was coming out to host SNL; I was coming out to shoot a movie. She has a reputation for not loving to be interviewed, which I think becomes very funny, so I shamelessly pitched her [this monologue idea where she's] doing the worst opening ever.
AZIZ ANSARI, HOST Right before Christmas, I ran into Lindsay Shookus at a party. She said she'd been trying to call me; they wanted me to host. I'd never done it, and it's always been a dream [of mine]. Then they said they wanted me for the post-inauguration episode. I knew it was a huge megaphone and that my monologue had to be some take about America at this moment. No one was going to want to hear me talking about a bad date I went on the week before. The inauguration was that Friday, and the mood was so dark, like a national tragedy had happened. All I could think was, "How are we going to do this tomorrow?" Then the next day the Women's March happened, and it changed everything. I had to change my monologue because I'd opened the whole thing with this joke that no longer made sense. It was something like, "I know everyone's upset but let's look at the bright side: There's a huge group of people who are motivated to take action, they're ready to do something. Well, to an extent." Have you ever been to these brunches where people are like, "Guys, we've got to get out there and do something. What should we do?" And you go, "Well, you can get involved with state and local government, you can start working with organizations like the ACLU …"  "Whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm not doing any of that. Is there any way I can make a difference just by complaining at bunch?" 
-CCG







Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump.

ALEC BALDWIN is DONALD TRUMP





A <em>Family Feud</em> sketch introduced McKinnon&#39;s Conway and Bennett&#39;s Putin.



Kate McKinnon as Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway.

KATE McKINNON is Presidential Advisor KELLYANNE CONWAY




Melissa McCarthy as press secretary Sean Spicer.

MELISSA McCARTHY is U.S. Press Secretary SEAN SPICER





Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

BECK BENNETT is RUSSIA President VLADIMIR PUTIN





Kate McKinnon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

KATE McKINNON is also U.S. Attorney General JEFF SESSIONS




Cecily Strong as first lady Melania Trump.

CECILY STRONG is FirstLady MELANIA TRUMP





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