Kenan Thompson Dusts Off His Old Al Sharpton Calls Arnold Schwarzenegger Impression

Kenan Thompson Dusts Off His Old Al Sharpton Calls Arnold Schwarzenegger Impression


-Kenan, thank you
so much for being here! -Congratulations on the show.
-Oh, my God, thank you. -Congratulations.
This is awesome. Give it up for her, man.
[ Cheers and applause ] Our First Lady of Late Night.
-Ah, yeah. Kenan, we just met for the first
time pretty recently actually, when I joined the NBC family. We did this very interesting
NBC panel. -It was
the most interesting, weird… -Do you remember that day?
-I do. We went up to —
What was that place called? -Some bougie place.
-Yeah. Was it — -Santa —
-Santa Barbara. -Something Santa.
-Santa Barbara. -Yeah. Anything that starts with
“Santa,” you’re like, “Oh, white people are involved.”
-Well, the NBC — [ Laughter ]
The NBC gods brought us up there to basically sit us down
and ask us what we wanted to do with our shows…
-Right. Mm-hmm. -…Which I thought was
an incredible gesture. -And they were even asking me,
like, you know, “You haven’t started your show,
Lilly. What are expecting from us?” And I remember, I was so nervous
about my answer. -Yeah.
-But you were so supportive. Do you remember what I said?
-What did you say? -This is what I said.
I walked into NBC, and I said, “I need more money.” [ Laughter ] I said — I said,
“I want to make sure the budget for my show
is legit. I want to make sure
it’s marketed. Because it’s bigger than me.”
-Yeah. -This show
is for so many people. We got to do it right.
You know what I mean? [ Cheers and applause ]
-That’s right. -And I remember,
I was so nervous about it. But then Kenan turned around,
he’s like, “That was really sick.
Yo, that was really sick.” -That was gangster
to ask for money. That’s — That’s bold.
[ Laughter ] -You’re about to start your —
get this. Are you ready for this?
17th season of “SNL.” That’s a record.
[ Cheers and applause ] That’s a record.
-It’s a lot. It’s a lot of time. -You won an Emmy, as well,
for this. I gotta say, do you bring
that Emmy with you — If I had an Emmy,
I would be rockin’ it like a pendent on a necklace.
-Hold up. Where’d I put it? Oh, no, I didn’t bring it. But, yeah,
I look at it all the time. My wife put it right up
in our bedroom. It was way too much pressure,
so I put out in the living room. [ Laughter ] I do look at it all the time. It was an amazing achievement,
you know, and especially to share the
moment with my brother, Chris Redd, and my brother,
Chance the Rapper. It was awesome.
-That’s amazing. Speaking of family,
it’s not just your wife but your mom
is also very involved. She’s a regular face
at “SNL” parties. -Yes.
-She’s obviously been there quite often.
You seem thrilled. -Yeah, she like to party. -But does she get starstruck,
or is she, like, chill now? -Oh, I mean,
she has her moments. You know what I mean?
Certain people do it for her. Like, I remember
Morgan Freeman came on and did a “What’s up with that?”
and she was “Hey, Morgan. How you doin’?”
[ Laughter ] And Morgan was like,
“And what’s your name?” [ Laughter ]
And she was like, “Elizabeth.” -When was this?
-My mom — schoolgirl her hair. -Okay.
-“Elizabeth…” [ Laughter ] I didn’t like it. [ Laughter ] -When you first auditioned
for “SNL,” you also dabbled in a little bit of stand-up,
right? -I started out with a weird
phone call between Al Sharpton and Arnold Schwarzenegger
for some reason. [ Laughter ] And it just went, you know,
spiraling from there. -So it didn’t go well?
-No, no, not in the comedy club. -So I have the perfect
follow-up question. -Yeah.
-Can you do it for us? -Oh, yeah.
Absolutely. -Can you give us a little bit
of Schwarzenegger and Sharpton? Would you not like to hear that?
[ Cheers and applause ] Hit us with the impression.
Here we go. [ Imitating phone ringing ] [ As Schwarzenegger ]
“Yes, this is the Governor.” Sharpton, Schwarzenegger…
[ Laughter ] [ As Sharpton ]
“Hey, Arnold. This is Al Sharpton. I’m calling because I heard you
have a water shortage.” [ As Schwarzenegger ]
“That is right. How did you get that number?
This is California. Where you calling from?” [ As Sharpton ]
“That — This is Al Sharpton.” It just went back and forth,
saying his name. [ As Sharpton ] “Sharpton
calling the Schwarzenegger. Are you — Do you need water?
For me to bring water to –” [ As Schwarzenegger ]
“No, we’re doing pretty good. We’re waiting for the rain.” Yeah, so it was —
[ Laughter ] -And that failed, what?
Come on. [ Cheers and applause ]
-It had no point. There was no point to any of it. -So, you —
[ Laughter ] Congrats on the first season
of “Bring the Funny.” Round of applause.
[ Cheers and applause ] Big hit.
-Good times. -Last week
was the season finale. -Part one.
-Part one. Yep. Was it difficult
to see that process of one person being picked?
-It was. I mean it was very emotional,
you know? Because, I mean, kudos
to those people for even sharing their talents with us like that
and their material. You know, as a stand-up,
like, you know — Do you do a lot of stand-up?
Like, some? -Only exclusively
in front of brown people, ’cause they’re just
happy to be there. -Right.
-They’ll laugh at anything. -But, yeah, I mean as,
you know, stand-ups, their material’s
very precious to them. -Right, of course.
-Once they expose it, it’s like they can’t
go back to it. You know what I’m saying?
So, I just give them all the credit in the world
for sharing that with us and, you know, all the credit
to the winner, too. You know,
their life’s about to change. -What’s the best part
about being on set? -Just hanging with the — with
the — you know, my cast mates. You know, Chrissy and Jeff
are both great, great people. And then,
Amanda I’ve known all my life. She’s such
an awesome person, too. She was on “My Brother and Me”
on Nickelodeon when I was on “All That,” so… -We got one person in the back
going, “Whoo!” -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-Express yourself. It’s fine. Whoo!
[ Cheers and applause ] -I’ve randomly known her,
like, all my life. And then, yeah, Jeff and Chrissy
couldn’t be sweeter. So it’s just —
that’s been my favorite part is just hanging with them
and going through it. -Speaking of all these people, you recently posted
this picture. I had to save this question
for last, because it has
personally offended me. This picture right here
of you sharing fries. Now, I need to point
your attention over here. These are the two loves
of my life. -Oh, french fries and dogs? -Fries before guys all day,
every day. -Okay.
-And here you are sharing fries. -Yeah, with my friends.
-And I just need to know where your moral compass is at. Because, for me,
this is a huge issue. -Well, if you read it,
it says, “Friends who share fries
together, stay together,” and that’s, you know,
a sweet thing. You know, me and buddy,
we’re catching up over a moment. We don’t get to —
-Way to look — I’m acting like a jerk now,
thank you! -You’re looking like a jer–
I should change it. We suckers!
Look at those two. Those are two
suckers sitting there. -I do not share fries!
-No, apparently. -We’re gonna discuss this more. We’ve got more
with Kenan Thompson when we come back. -And there won’t
be no fry sharing! -Absolutely not!

100 thoughts on “Kenan Thompson Dusts Off His Old Al Sharpton Calls Arnold Schwarzenegger Impression

  1. Lilly you have worked you A.. off to get here. You deserve to be where you are. NBC believes you should be where you are.

    You have expressed the surreal energy of having your own show.

    Your OWN (not be confused with Oprah 😂😂).. your show… own it!

    Take your time. Enjoy your guests and the conversations (you are on a timed format) but it’s ok to let your guest talk and lead at times. No need to fan out. If you have a moment recenter yourself and look in the mirror and say…I am supposed to be here. If you do that, it will project.

    Congratulations 🍾🎈🎉!!!

  2. You know you should dress up and be a little different than other shows . Look at " the kapil sharma show" it broke trps in India

  3. A big fan, but didn't like your multiple comments on brown and white skin. I m Indian but that doesn't mean I hate whites. We need to spread love instead of discrimination.

  4. Comments here are so supportive. Yea the lighting and the audience can be fixed no problem, but the anti white kinda jokes leaves a real sour taste in everyone's mouth, and I'm saying it as an Indian. Just seems too haughty and 'holier than thou' which isn't really an Indian thing if you wanna represent the brown culture. Gotta tone it down a notch or a few

  5. Love you and I think that you're doing great!! But as some advice, try to relax during your interview (: You seem as if you're in a rush to move on to all the topics you have written down (?) and it's causing you to be tense. When he did his impression, for example, you laughed a little bit and moved on very fast. Try to actually interact with what they're saying and don't be afraid to have a little banter/joke with them off script for a second before changing subjects. It shows them you're listening and makes it more fun to watch when you connect with them versus it seeming like an interrogation haha

  6. Why do you always have to bring up 'white people'? Why can't you be saying things as part of human race? I am tired of you bringing it up actually.

  7. Lilly lets leave the brown and white jokes already. I love you but I think it is not getting funny anymore. Just an honest opinion. Wishing you all the best. Love ya.

  8. I really enjoy this show…I don't understand why people are too quick to hate and pointing out every little thing she does …you are doing amazing Lilly keep doing what you are doing!!!

  9. Plz lilly fix the lighting and the colour of ur desk, sofa n coffee table makes the whole screen looks like 80% of the screen has a huge gray coloured rock in it. Maybe introduce lighted top on ur desk and have the name of ur show (in lights) on the front of ur desk.

  10. Get off of lilly's neck. All this critique I am smh. Go somewhere! let her figure it out.
    Watch her come out with a video about the downside of having so many "supportive" fans cuz your intentions are good but the listing 1 through 10 critiques like JUST WATCH HER AND LAUGH ALONG

  11. Tbh everyone is talking about in the comments on how your audience isn’t wild enough or not big enough … well lol maybe if she didn’t make the majority of her jokes insulting white people just to boost her own race, maybe then the audience would feel more comfortable . I love her humor think she’s funny and talented and bring something new but the amount of race jokes you make are getting so rude and offensive like ye lol funny at first but now it’s annoying and pathetic cause it’s like your trying to prove something to the white race cause ur insecure and ur constantly putting them down. I love your idea and agenda and stand point but don’t rely on another persons race to promote ur own. I think your great so be you and your hilarious so I know you’ll succeed . Hope you get a bigger budget too!! Excited for this show

  12. Lilly needs some cue cards (maybe with her show logo or superwoman or a unicorn or her face on it idk lol) cause that piece of paper on her desk just ain’t it…but other than that great show ❤️❤️

  13. Hmmmm. I like it. My inexpert advice is to get the crowd drunk. The jokes are good but the vibe in the room is off. Altogether, I can picture this being as successful as Ellen or Oprah and I'm so proud of Lilly!

  14. I love you and agree with what Diya K said below, and I am an Indian from Singapore. I am re-posting Diya's comment here.

    >>Diya K
    (11 hours ago)

    I love you Lilly and so I just wanted to say, please consider cutting down on the 'white people' and 'brown people' jokes. It's funny occasionally but I think that the amount of 'white people' jokes being made are starting to feel offensive, and I'm brown myself!

    I get that this is a groundbreaking show, which is ofcourse incredible, but I don't think it helps things by making so many generalisations about white people. I get that it's probably just humour and some of you won't agree with me, but I personally feel that if we (people of colour) don't like generalisations made about us then we shouldn't do it about other groups of people, including white people as well.

    You do of course make generalisations about 'brown people' and indians sometimes too, so I guess it is just your humour, but I'd still be a bit cautious Lilly, because I feel that too much of it could be more offensive than funny.

    Otherwise I'm loving the show and cannot wait to see more of it!! x

  15. Hey go easy on the white people jokes. Like honestly now you are just as bad as them, by generalising things. And im brown myself!!

  16. Something is off about the whole set, camera angles, audience placement, and specially lightening is not good so it looks dark and off. I get it that the theme is night because its late night show. But It looks completly different and low budget than other shows. May be it will grow up in coming days because its just the beginning . Anyways keep it up, congratulation and keep on getter bigger and better Lilly.

  17. I doubt, if the crowd could hear the conversation at all. At the end of the clip, was expecting the crowd to be hyped up and all in cheers but got no reactions.

    Also, felt like two people chatting in an empty auditorium.

  18. Love the show x
    I agree with a lot of the comments saying that a priority should be increasing the audience! Kimmel, Fallon, Cordon ect don’t always have the best jokes but the sheer size of the audience and laugh track means that you have no awkward moments.
    I hope the show does really well ♥️

  19. So like making jokes about white people ain’t racist cause they’re white so we can throw jokes regardless? Americans/Canadians are weird

  20. oh no….. I hear a little of the Fallon fake laughter there… one of the things she shouldnt learnt from him… hope it doesnt carry on. Sounds really fake…. #fukinfallon

  21. Guys when Seth Meyers got his show it was so bland and the budget was so small. I remember the desks nd the jokes were rough.

    Lily will be fine. Her jokes will get better she will find her voice outside of woman of color and bisexual. Just give her time

  22. Guys. We all know the show needs fixing but come ON she just started. This show is literally a baby and it take a village to make a show, not to mention money. You want her to have a better set? Don’t come for Lilly, email or tweet at NBC but give her a break, the show needs to be picked up and grow into something bigger.

  23. I love this Kenan. He is relaxed on this interview. For me, a lot of the guests were so hyped like over the top it's draining me. I love that he is just chill. Lilly try not to talk over your guests. I know you are so hyped but audiences wants to hear what your guests wants to say.

  24. Lilly, you’re doing an amazing job!! Congratulations on being the first female to have a late night show. That’s a huge accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself. I wish you much success and looking forward to watching more seasons of your show ❤️

  25. Constructive suggestions: (:
    -Lighting: perhaps increase it it's a lil dark in there
    – The desk is awesome but the guest chair definitely could be higher it seems off this way
    – When the budget allows it, a band is something definite to consider adding to the show
    -one last thing: no need to feel any sort of pressure or nervousness, just follow the guest's tempo, you're already doing great.
    Love you and excited for what's to come on the show <3

  26. I’ve been a fan of Lilly for about 5 years and I’m excited to see her growth 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 hope you’re YouTube Chanel still super active.

  27. Does anyone thats a straight male actually like this show? With her youtube track record of taking a break for mental health reasons and overtly racist comments seem like a good hire for NBC?

  28. Always been a Kenan fan. Such a good dude. He honestly looks a little uncomfortable whenever she gets racist. You know when the fries picture came up she just wanted to say “Why you sharing fries with a white guy?”

  29. At first I thought the set design was beautiful, but after a while I think it's a little too dark. I'm sure I'll get used to it.

  30. Why does this bitch hate white people so much ? Isn't it enough your allowed to be successful in our nations you just need to hate on us at every chance too also she really not funny either

  31. I get distracted by how high the desk is / how low the sofa is. It looks weird and takes me out of the "talk show" idea cause it doesn't feel like a natural talk. Like, Lilly carries the conversation very well but the physical way they are placed makes it look weird. Host and guest should look more casual with each other.

  32. why does everybody feel they are professional late night show prop coordinators and show producers?? all i see in the comments, change the background, change the chair/desk, do this do that… pretty sure everything was carefully selected for a reason..

  33. Guys feedbacks are always welcome but everything Lilly does here not entirely her decision. NBC also plays a big role here so not so easy to change things over night

  34. You are getting better <3 I'm trying to be supportive, but I just feel attacked, as a white person. I know that racism against people of color is way worse, but are you really making it better by being sort of a bully yourself. Honey I love you but calm down a bit <3

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