There seems to be no end in sight of the brouhaha caused by Saturday Night Live‘s recent run of Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton sketches. I spent last week embedded at SNL for our new cover feature and, unsurprisingly, the media furor caused by the skits — and Hillary Clinton’s appearance on the show a couple of weeks back — was much discussed in 30 Rock’s hallowed corridors of comedy.
One funny story concerns cast member Andy Samberg, who happened to bump into Clinton when she appeared on the show. She was dressed in sober politician’s garb. He, on the other hand, was dressed as Diablo Cody for a bit that involved him impersonating the Oscar-winning screenwriter (and EW columnist) during host Ellen Page’s monologue. “I was in full Diablo Cody dress waiting on the side of the stage,” Samberg recalled. “So [Clinton] came off and that’s how I looked for the first time meeting her. I was, like ‘Heeeeey!’ And she was, like, ‘Oh, nice to see you.’ She didn’t even blink. I have NO idea if she knew who I was. I think there’s a chance she might have thought I was actually Diablo Cody. She may have been thinking, ‘Diablo Cody, you let yourself go FAST’.”
At least he wasn’t wearing his d–k in a box.