VIDEO: Tyler Perry is Richest Entertainer to Be Lampooned on SNL
For comics and cultural critics of virtually every color and persuasion, Tyler Perry is the textbook definition of an easy target: A mogul whose media empire rests atop a foundation of alleged minstrelsy, union-busting, cross-dressing, bad hit television and mass-produced screen melodrama. Add his recently disclosed $130 million annual earnings to the picture, and it's like the target was moved within inches of its respective shooters -- one of whom, perhaps obviously, was Saturday Night Live.
Still: Not bad! Kenan Thompson played the writer-director-producer-actor-studio baron in Saturday's "Weekend Update" segment, during which Seth Meyers reminded him that he beat out the likes of Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer for the honors of highest-paid entertainer in showbiz. "I did, I did," Perry replies. "But keep in mind that those men are Jewish and are at a traditional disadvantage in Hollywood." And the kicker, again responding to Meyers: "My movies are about the modern black experience. They're all disaster movies." And how about that title for his next film? I mean, it's probably not far from the real title. I'll be there with bells on.
Anyway, how long before Perry hosts SNL? It has to happen eventually, right?