Chevy Chase Praises Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy's 'SNL' Impressions

Comedian reflects on the political impact of his President Ford impression in the Seventies

Chevy Chase praised Alec Baldwin's impression of President Trump and remembered his own portrayal of President Ford in a new interview. Credit: Carlo Allegri/Getty, Will Heath/NBC

Comedy veteran Chevy Chase praised Alec Baldwin's impression of President Trump in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Baldwin's sneering caricature of the President was spot-on, he said. "[Trump]'s an ass ... and he is looking like an ass and hurting our country." 

Chase, who identifies as "a very liberal Democrat," became famous in the Seventies for his own impression of then-president Gerald Ford. But he acknowledged that his approach to Ford was very different from Baldwin's take on Trump. 

"I am not trying to compare Alec and myself – there is no comparison, I am much better looking – but the way I dealt with it was make no attempt to look anything or sound anything like Gerald Ford," Chase told THR. "I just wrote the stuff that was funny and then would be clumsy when it was the right time."

Though Chase played Ford for laughs, there was stinging critique beneath the humor, and he believes it had an impact on the public's perception of the President. The comedian described his mindset at the time as, "whatever I can do to get [Jimmy] Carter elected, by God I am going to do it." "[My impression] helped a lot," Chase added. 

Chase also complimented Melissa McCarthy, who appeared on Saturday Night Live last week to contribute her own impression of volatile White House press secretary Sean Spicer. "For me, that was the best skit in what was a great show," Chase said. "I am sure it affected Spicer."