President-elect Donald Trump slammed sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live” last week, calling it a “totally one-sided, biased show” – and one of its cast members agrees.
“Weekend Update” host Michael Che told Esquire magazine last week he thinks “SNL” should be taking both sides.
“I honestly agree with him,” the Manhattan-born comedian said. “Oddly, I agree with him. We try to write that way. But the thing that Donald Trump doesn’t understand is that when you’re that ridiculous, it’s kind of hard to talk about anything else.”
“You have this ridiculous orange billionaire doing stranger and stranger things, what else is there? But I do agree with him. I think the show should show all views and we make a conscious effort to do so,” he added.
Che, who played NBC News’ Lester Holt in “SNL’s” spoof of the first presidential debate, said he loved”The Bubble” sketch because it poked fun at “ultra-liberals.”
The sketch, which aired the weekend before Thanksgiving, featured a community for progressive Americans, where they can live as though the election never happened.
But the show, which has been on the air for more than three decades, has taken flack for its sharp criticism of the president-elect. In a number of skits, “SNL” has taken pointed criticism at Trump and his supporters, including in “A Day Off” and another, in which Tom Hanks plays a white voter who has more in common with the contestants on “Black Jeopardy” than they thought.
“We put him on the show when he was the most controversial man, and people said that wasn’t fair,” Che told the magazine. “I don’t think he has much grounds to speak on that because, if anything, we’ve been the most friendly show to him.”
“But comedy should take both sides. No matter who is in power, we should be making fun of them.”