Lorne Michaels has an answer to the political columns, cartoons and comments that have accused his show, "Saturday Night Live," of favoring Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton during her primary showdown with Senator Barack Obama: Nope.
"I'm in show business and I never, ever forget that," Mr. Michaels said in a telephone interview on Tuesday night. "We put on a comedy show."
Or as Jim Downey, the "SNL" writer who has created all of the recent political sketches on the show -- and most of its famous ones going back two decades -- put it on Wednesday, "I'm just trying to make the sketches funny."
Read the entire New York Times article here.
For three decades, "Saturday Night Live" has prided itself on skewering politicians of all stripes with equal zeal, from Chevy Chase's clumsy Gerald Ford to Darrell Hammond's sighing Al Gore.
Executive producer Lorne Michaels has long maintained that the show risks its comedy credentials if it appears partisan. So he is troubled by the recent chatter that the venerable late-night program has exhibited a pro- Hillary Clinton bent.
"That's a major concern," Michaels said. "I can assure you that there's no agenda, that there's only a reaction to what's going in the world."
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