It was announced earlier today that Fred Phelps, leader of the Topeka based comedy troupe The Westboro Baptist Church, will be hosting the season finale of Saturday Night Live, on May 24th.
Phelps, who has risen to national attention with his family for their interactive comedy displays, was enthusiastic when asked about his upcoming gig. “Many people just don’t get our schtick. But satire is like that. If people aren’t sure if you’re joking or not, then you’re not doing something right. I mean, look at our bit. Can you imagine if we actually believed that shit? What kind of people would we be? Monsters, we’d be monsters. But luckily, Lorne knows comedy. He knows that it’s all an act to get people to think about their beliefs and what behaviour they’re willing to accept.”
We asked if his upcoming exposure on late night television would affect his career, and if he would begin a solo act. “No. We’ve no plans to break up the group yet. It’s the routine we’re best known for. Like Benny Hill and the chase to Yakkety Sax, Donald Trump’s twitter feed, or Abbott and Costello’s Baseball sketch.”