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Al Franken’s Pathetic Attempt to Defang Rob Schneider’s ‘SNL’ Critique

Disgraced Senator dodges 'Deuce Bigalow's' complaint for one very good reason

There’s an unofficial rule for “Saturday Night Live” alums, and it exists for a good reason.

Thou shall not speak ill of the legendary showcase.

It’s not written in stone or even parchment, but “SNL” veterans understand how much the show boosted their careers. And they behave accordingly.

Rob Schneider broke that rule recently, but the show made him do it.

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Schneider told talker Glenn Beck the sketch series no longer lives up to its unofficial credo – mock the powerful, no matter what side of the aisle they fall.

So when Donald Trump shocked the globe by beating Hillary Clinton in 2016, the show responded as if it were in mourning. The first “cold open” after Trump’s electoral victory featured Kate McKinnon as the defeated Clinton.

She sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a gorgeous song but one without a comic heartbeat. And, much to Schneider’s shock, the moment ended without any attempts at humor.

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The iconic sketch show abandoned its mission so the cast and crew could lament its preferred candidate lost.

The historic moment could have yielded any number of comic sketches, both cartoonish and subtle. 

Instead, they turned the show into a memorial service for a Democratic candidate, and that’s when Schneider knew the show was “over.”

Fellow “SNL” alum Al Franken took issue with his comments. Franken did more than snare four Emmy Awards for writing on the show. He appeared on the “Weekend Update” segment and played beloved characters like self-help “expert” Stuart Smalley.

He left the show in 1980 but returned twice, giving him unique insights into the series. He later embraced politics, serving as Minnesota’s Senator until a series of embarrassing photos and sexual abuse allegations forced him to quit in 2017.

Franken told the hard-Left CNN why he disagreed with Schneider’s comments.

“People have been saying the show is over (forever). I was one of the original writers. I remember after the first show, second season, I think Lily Tomlin was the host, and it was a really good show. I go up to the 17th floor, where we write the show and all that stuff, and the phone is ringing, and I, like an idiot, answer it and someone says, ‘Well, the show is over. Saturday Night is dead.’ We’ve been hearing that for forty-seven years or something like that. So, no, it was a silly thing for Rob to say, I think.”

Franken is correct, in part, that many critics have written off “SNL” over time during creatively shallow spells.

It’s tempting to put “Saturday Night Dead” in a headline and then hammer the current incarnation. Yet the show perseveres, bringing in new blood every few years.

That’s not the heart of Schneider’s critique, though, and Franken knows it. He dismisses his argument as “silly,” without taking it seriously.

He didn’t because he can’t.

“SNL” is now a predictable, hard-Left comedy showcase. Juicy targets like Hunter Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are mostly ignored, week after week. The show hammers GOP-friendly targets instead, even when Democrats control the White House, Senate and Congress, the current scenario.

The show mostly ignores President Joe Biden, too. It looks past his shocking verbal gaffes, policy blunders and mean-spirited attacks on the GOP.

Schneider, who reluctantly left the Democratic Party for what he sees as its extremist makeover, targeted the show’s turn to progressive propaganda.

It’s undeniable. Franken could say otherwise, so he dodged the question.

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16 Comments

  1. Saturday Night Live turned into a propaganda arm for the Democrats. And that’s a problem. NBC should just pull the plug on the show.

  2. Al Franken was a failed, third-rate writer on SNL. His skits were lame and unfunny. His work with Al Davis was even less funny, only lasting two seasons. SNL is known for launching careers in comedy, but Franken wasn’t funny and that’s why he left comedy and went into politics, which he also failed at. At least Rob Schneider left lasting comedic impressions when he left SNL. Al Franken left no such impressions and thus was not missed when he exited.

    1. Exactly. Schneider wasn’t the funniest guy ever on SNL< but he did a good job. Franken though, eesh. I don't know specifically which skits he might've written or contributed to, so I can't really comment on his writing in general. But his acting was atrocious. The article calls his one character "Stuart Smalley" beloved. I'd argue otherwise. If "Smalley" was really all that popular, the movie they made about him wouldn't have bombed hardcore. The only other character I remember Franken playing was some remote reporter guy who wore a satellite dish helmet contraption on his head. That character wasn't funny either.

  3. Franken is a one-note propagandist, who likely stole his way into a Senate seat before being disgraced and forced to resign.

    1. I’d say it’s more than “likely” he stole his seat. There were way too many boxes of ballots “found” in trunks of cars that put him over the top. No way were those all legit.

  4. The show has been basically “over” for 15 years or longer. Ratings have steadily gone downhill, sketches aren’t funny, and the live audience is full of stoned morons and females who woo-hoo, clap, & scream at anything or anybody who takes the stage. Mean-spirited mocking and hatred isn’t funny, but they just can’t help themselves.

  5. Well it was over after Eddie Murphy. not over as in the patient in dead, but over in that the patient is in a coma and will never recover. no matter how many electro shocks they give it.

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