Superstar Rob Schneider shared what he said was the exact moment that “Saturday Night Live,” as he knew it, was “over”: the day the sketch-comedy show reacted to Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss with no punch line.
During the 58-year-old actor/comedian’s appearance on the The Blaze’s “The Glenn Beck Program” podcast, the “Grown Ups” star talked about how he had always believed that his job was to entertain people at comedy clubs — and he compared that philosophy to “some comedy shows” that seemed to be more interested in “indoctrinating” people.
Beck said sarcastically, “not ‘Saturday Night Live,’” and the comedian said he hated to “crap on” his own former show. He then proceeded to identify the exact moment when he had realized that his former show was no longer the same place he had once called home.
“When Hillary Clinton lost, which is understandable, that she’d lose,” Schneider explained. “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.”
“She started dressed as like Hillary Clinton,” he added. “And she started playing ‘Hallelujah’ [as Clinton] …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,’” Schneider continued.
“The Animal” star then called out the “comedic indoctrination process happening with each of the late night hosts.” He said they are basically interchangeable and there’s no longer “an independent voice anymore.”
Later in the show, Beck and “The Hot Chick” star circled back to their discussion about “SNL,” and Schneider said comedy that was successful had always been about going “against” the mob.
“That’s when we had millions of people [watching ‘SNL’] and it was both sides,” Schneider explained. “It wasn’t … what I call it, it’s not interesting to just do it for your choir, for clapping people. It’s not as interesting. I mean to me it’s more interesting to go against … all the great comedians go against what the mob was doing.”