What gives you more satisfaction: acting or writing on the show?
I mean, star power-wise -- as far as followers on Twitter -- you get more joy from performing. But as far as respect and people getting the chance to hear your voice, writing is definitely, definitely cool. Writing for yourself, as well as others, is a joy.
Since this week is the finale, I was curious if there’s more pressure in doing the premiere or doing the final episode.
I guess the premiere is more pressure. The finale is a laugh off. It’s the end of the year. It’s kind of like, “OK, alright. We accomplished this and it’s time to have fun.” The pressure is on to start and kick off the season with a bang. You always want that. You don’t want a sh*tty episode to start something off. It’s much harder to come back from that. That’s why the openers are so strong—and the finales are strong just to show people through and through we’re here for a reason.
Are there any celebrity impressions that you’re ready to retire?
I can’t say there’s one that I’m ready to retire. I have fun doing all of them. It’s cool to me. But if they tell me, “You’re not doing this one anymore.” I’m going to be like, “OK cool!” It don’t make me feel different. The check’s coming, you feel me? …I’m so easygoing with this stuff.
What do you make of the plagiarism accusations that have bubbled up this week?
That wasn’t my sketch and I was so focused on the monologue and the other thing I had, the L.A. Scene sketch. I didn’t even really get a chance to pay attention to it.
Is it hard to vet your sketches to make sure they feel truly original? It must be hard to constantly come up with new ideas week to week.
Everybody has a different vibe. We have that many different comedic personalities on the show. People just have their own flavor. And you find inspiration walking down the street… It’s all on current events -- things that are happening. Like me, I have my flavor. Everybody has a different flavor on the show. That’s what it is. Some people have similar comedic tastes. What else can you say about that?
We know Rihanna is performing this weekend. Will she act in any sketches as well?
Boy I hope so because I love Rihanna. I love her. I don’t know yet. I don’t know what she’s going to do. You just have to watch.
Do you still fan out when certain performers or hosts come on the show?
Yeah, it just depends. I get star-struck around a few people. I was definitely star-struck by Kanye and Jay when they came. And the first time I met Rihanna was dope. And then Drake, of course! That's one of my favorite rappers. These people are some of my favorite artists. I definitely geek out, especially for the music, and if you find out they want to do something it's an extra cherry on top.
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