Back in 2008, when Tina Fey was earning herself a lifelong meal-ticket in leftist Hollywood by mocking Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, Palin had occasion to visit the set. One of the writers had planned to deliver the usual courteous leftist greeting … a stern lecture on tolerance and celebrating the lives of gay people.
Paula Pell, writer: I planned that I was going to come up and talk to [Palin] and shake her hand and welcome her and say, “My wife and I are very good people, and we live a very socially conscious life, and we do a lot for our community, and I just want you to know the face of gay couples and gay people,” and I had this whole speech planned. Then I just kind of came up to her in the chaos in the hallway and just nodded and said “hi” and walked off.
I didn’t know SNL was being written by activist lesbians; no wonder it hasn’t been funny for the last 20 years.
Another interesting tidbit from the source article, it seems the cast and the writers just couldn’t bring themselves to make fun of Obama, he was just too perfect and wonderful.
James Downey, producer-writer: If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, “Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10.” It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled. There’s not a single thing to grab onto — certainly not a flaw or hook that you can caricature. [
And then there’s this.
Downey: The last couple seasons of the show were the only two in the show’s history where we were totally like every other comedy show: basically, an arm of the Hollywood Democratic establishment. [Jon] Stewart was more nuanced. We just stopped doing anything which could even be misinterpreted as a criticism of Obama