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"It's Clash of Clans Everyday, First Thing in the Morning": Bill Murray Talks Politics, P.C. Comedy

The SNL vet has interesting thoughts on why politics and comedy don't mix so well.

Comedian Bill Murray was on CNBC's Squawk Box on Friday, discussing contemporary politics and comedy, portraying Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live, and more.

"It's Clash of Clans everyday, first thing in the morning," said Murray, who noted that politics and comedy suffer in similar ways when politicians and comedians isolate certain members of an audience for praise or derision.

My friend who's a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he's accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing. "No, no," he says, "I just think the way Democrats handle things is poor. They pick out little pieces of a population and say they represent it—we represent the hispanics, we represent the LGBT, or something." They're not speaking to everyone at once. It's almost demeaning to say we're using you, because you're a splinter group, there's almost a resentment, to say you're my people. We're being separated again by a politician."

Murray doesn't exactly speak in linear sentences or logic, but the entire segment is worth watching, especially since he seems slightly optimistic that what the past year has brought us—both in terms of gender politics and negative and positie over-the-top responses to Donald Trump antics—isn't simply useless tumult. Change of this sort, says Murray, "creates a kind of compost, of fertilizer, to make the next stage happen."

The full CNBC clip is above. Here's Murray as Steve Bannon from a month ago on SNL:

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  • Deflator Mouse||

    OT: Called it!

    Marc Short: Adam Schiff intentionally sabotaged the release of House Intelligence Committee Democrats' memo

    Short said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that Schiff intentionally included sources and methods in the 10-page memo that he knew would have to be redacted, setting off a political fight.

    "We believe Congressman Schiff intentionally put in there methods and sources that he knew would need to be redacted. And if we redacted it, there would be an outcry that says the White House is trying to edit it," Short said. "So, we said take it back, work with the FBI, clean it up and we'll release it."
  • ||

    Schiff was punk'd by two Ukrainian pranksters.

  • Sevo||

    Rufus The Monocled|2.11.18 @ 8:04PM|#
    "Schiff was punk'd by two Ukrainian pranksters."

    You ALWAYS have the inside stuff!

  • chemjeff||

    Wait wait wait. So a Republican is accusing a Democrat of dirty tricks? Yes, we should automatically believe the Republican!

  • LynchPin1477||

    creates a kind of compost, of fertilizer

    So it's a pile of shit?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    It's like the Reason comments when I'm not around.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    :(

  • ||

    Sounds like Murray is pretty sharp and sober in his thoughts. I'm just happy that he's not a dumbass left-wing celebrity. A breath of fresh air.

    And damn he's movies are wonderful.

  • GILMORE™||

    I remember when SNL was funny. It was when disco was on the radio, and chest hair was considered sexy.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Chest hair is sexy, you bigoted piece of garbage.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    This is why it is safe to go chasing tail with Crusty. There is no competition due to niche partitioning.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Crusty and Gil can fight over the hirsute chicks for all I care.

  • ||

    SNL stopped being funny when....

  • Crusty Juggler||

    The last time you pretended to watch?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    When Tina Fey left.

  • Eman||

    no way. I thought a good part of 30 rock was as good as comedy tv gets, but, and I don't think it's an insult to admit it, there's only so many Chris Kattans a woman can carry.

  • SIV||

    The 1979-80 season debuted.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Doumanian years or gtfo.

  • Deflator Mouse||

    And Jimmy Carter was considered the most powerful man in the world.

  • Red Tony||

    So...it was never funny?

  • Sevo||

    I must have seen it at least once, maybe at a GF's place? It never made an impression such that it was amusing enough to watch.

  • SIV||

    It was really funny from '75-79. To put it in context, the funniest thing on TV was PBS airing Monty Python's Flying Circus reruns and then , suddenly, there's a live comedy show, featuring talented comedic stage actors, written by early-mid '70sNational Lampoon writers.

  • JeremyR||

    Boo! Bill Murray got Lorenzo Music fired from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon (he was playing Peter Venkmen, Murray's character) because he sounded too much like Garfield (which Lorenzo Music also voiced). Then Bill Murray voiced Garfield in the CGI movie

  • Cy||

    "Then Bill Murray voiced Garfield in the CGI movie"

    Ironically, Bill considers it his worst ever film. Also, he claims he was tricked into doing it when he mistook that director's name.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    "They pick out little pieces of a population and say they represent it—we represent the hispanics"

    Hispanics represent about 40% of the population in California (the largest "ethnic" group) and about 17% nationally. Not exactly a little piece. Comics think they're funny because they're smart. In fact, they're funny because they're funny. And, often, they're "funny" because it's human nature to laugh at things we don't understand, which may mean they're funny, or it may mean we're ignorant.

  • lap83||

    Hispanics represent about 40% of the population in California (the largest "ethnic" group) and about 17% nationally. Not exactly a little piece.

    then it's even dumber for the Democrats to say they represent them

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Hispanics represent about 40% of the population in California (the largest "ethnic" group) and about 17% nationally.

    It's unfortunate that Democrats treat these ethnic groups as homogeneous populations. But whatever works for you, I guess.

    And, often, they're "funny" because it's human nature to laugh at things we don't understand

    Huh?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    They pick out little pieces of a population and say they represent it—we represent the hispanics, we represent the LGBT, or something."

    Uh oh.

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