'Saturday Night Live' Alum Recorded in Anti-Obama Rant (Video)
In a profane interview hosted by actor-director Kevin Smith, Jon Lovitz complains about the president's class-warfare rhetoric.
Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz, a practicing Democrat, excoriated President Barack Obama during a recorded comedy show that was released over the weekend with actor-writer-director Kevin Smith, where he used profane language to attack the notion that the wealthy don’t pay enough taxes.
“This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don’t pay their taxes is f---ing bullshit, and I voted for the guy and I’m a Democrat. What a f---ing asshole,” Lovitz told Smith.
“First they say … ‘You can do anything you want. Go for it.’ So then you go for it, and then you make it, and everyone’s like, ‘F--- you,’ ” Lovitz said. “[Obama] is the perfect example. He’s amazing. He had nothing … and the guy ends up being at Harvard. He’s the president of the United States. And now he’s like, ‘F--- me and everybody who made it like me.’ ”
Lovitz was speaking at his Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood. The interview was the fourth in a podcast series hosted by Smith called The ABC’s of SNL, where Lovitz tells behind-the-scenes stories of his time as a regular on the late-night hit from 1985-90.
A video version of the podcast with Lovitz and Smith is embedded below.
Lovitz said Smith -- who clearly didn’t want to join in bashing Obama -- was “masquerading as a 99-percenter,” a reference to Occupy Wall Street, a left-wing protest movement that apparently doesn’t impress Lovitz too much.
“Your favorite word is ‘monetize,’ correct?” Lovitz asks Smith. “Monetize this, you c---sucker -- and there’s nothing wrong with that. You’re constantly thinking of ways to be creative and make money. So what’s wrong with that?”
Referencing a Lovitz rant about high taxes from earlier in the show, Smith replied: “Do you know why? Because the government takes half."
Later, as Lovitz’s anti-Obama diatribe kicked into high gear, Smith said: "They’re gonna come in and shut this place down, man. They’re gonna be like: ‘We heard the fourth f---ing episode. You won’t leave Obama alone.' This is an election year, man … they’re gonna come in and make an example of you, man,” Smith said. "The government can do that. They can take your shit away."
Just then the lights in the theater went out unexpectedly, and Smith added: “Whoa, what the f--- happened? Oooh. The government’s here. They turned the lights off!”