“Maybe I was in a coma... I’m wak­ing up from a coma and now, I’m ready to do some comedy.”

New Straits Times - - World -

ALEC BALD­WIN, ‘Satur­day Night Live’ ac­tor

LOS AN­GE­LES: Alec Bald­win said that his im­per­son­ation of United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on NBC’s sketch show Satur­day Night Live has re­vived his “dead” comedy ca­reer af­ter he wrapped up sit­com 30 Rock in 2012.

“I didn’t re­alise in the comedy terms that I was dead,” said Bald­win on Mon­day when asked if he felt he was en­ter­ing a new era with his comedy.

“Maybe I was in a coma... I’m wak­ing up from a coma and now, I’m ready to do some comedy.”

The ac­tor was pro­mot­ing his lat­est film, DreamWorks’ an­i­mated comedy The Boss Baby, out in the­atres on March 31.

It has been nearly five years since Bald­win, 58, con­cluded his six-year ten­ure as the charm­ing cor­po­rate boss Jack Don­aghy in NBC’s comedy se­ries 30 Rock.

Since then, he has ap­peared in a hand­ful of movies in sup­port­ing roles, but the ac­tor saw a new surge in pop­u­lar­ity when he took over as Trump on Satur­day Night Live last Oc­to­ber, ahead of Novem­ber’s United States pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

Bald­win quipped that his comedy ca­reer “did die” but that “I’m be­ing rein­car­nated. As Trump! Oh God!”

Viewer rat­ings have soared for Satur­day Night Live since Bald­win started por­tray­ing Trump in a se­ries of skits mock­ing the bil­lion­aire re­al­ity TV star-turned­politi­cian as a dim-wit­ted com­man­der-in-chief with a short at­ten­tion span, an over­sized-ego and a Twit­ter ad­dic­tion.

Asked whether he felt play­ing the pres­i­dent took a toll on him, Bald­win said the chal­lenge was that it would “de­light some peo­ple and of­fend other peo­ple”.

“I think for me play­ing Trump has been a fun ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause it’s like go­ing home when I do SNL.”

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Alec Bald­win por­tray­ing US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in ‘Satur­day Night Live’.

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