While the world is reeling under the pop culture drama of the Eminem vs MGK feud, 'Saturday Night Live's veteran cast member Chevy Chase has been dropping disses like a pro on the go too. In a recent, rather unfiltered and scathing interview, Chase has specifically pointed out why the current batch of comedians - no matter how pro they are at their jobs on SNL - are simply... for the lack of a better term, whack.
From being SNL‘s first break-out star to reaching a point of distaste where we can deduce he won't be watching the show's upcoming 44th season, Chase had a lot to share in his Washington Post interview. “First of all, between you and me and a lamppost, jeez, I don’t want to put down Lorne or the cast,” Chase told the publication. "But I’ll just say, maybe off the record, I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f*cking believe it. That means a whole generation of sh*theads laughs at the worst f*cking humor in the world.”
He continued: “How could you dare give that generation worse sh*t than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.” And he explains how the sketch-comedy show - despite its most recent Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series - has been going “downhill” ever since he himself let back in 1977. “Why am I saying that?” asks the 74-year-old. “Because I was in it? I guess. That’s a horrible thing to say. But certainly, I never had more fun. I really loved it and enjoyed it. I didn’t see the same fun thing happening to the cast the next year.”
Getting specific, this is what he had to say about his fellow comedians:
Will Ferrell: “Just not funny.”
Tina Fey: “I didn’t see what all the folderol was about."
Kristen Wiig: “She had two things going for her. She had clear-cut chops, and she was pretty, too. But what happened to her? Where did she go?”
Eddie Murphy: “I thought Eddie Murphy was funny. Gumby. I found that funny and people loved that. . . . Stevie Wonder, he did well. It’s not that hard, for Christ’s sake. Your skin’s the same color. You just put on some sunglasses and do this.”
The only few words of compliment Chase had to spare were for his old Not Ready For Primetime Players cohorts Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd (“funniest guy on the show”), and also Dana Carvey.
The article also references Chase's tiff with his former Community co-star, Donald Glover. Back in 2015, Glover had shared with the New Yorker that Chase had once told him, “People think you’re funnier because you’re black.” Glover added: “I just saw Chevy as fighting time. A true artist has to be okay with his reign being over. I can’t help him if he’s thrashing in the water. But I know there’s a human in there somewhere.”
At the time, Chase seemed to have realized immediately how devastating that was for him. “There goes my career,” he texted when he read it - as he mentions in the Post article. But his vendetta against SNL has been a continuous process for a while now, with him going off on Netflix’s 'Norm Macdonald Has A Show' about how the cast still keeps using the line “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” - which he had originated.
“I mean it just gets so bad,” Chase shared with Macdonald. “It seems like some guys are out there just to be the guy who says, "Live from New York," and then does it poorly. Anyway, that’s not nice of me to say, but f*ck ’em.”