'SNL' Cast Members Join Writers' Strike
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
While Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria already handed out pizzas to the writers on strike, and while Jay Leno delivered donuts to protesters on his motorcycle, Seth Meyers and other cast members of Saturday Night Live expressed their support by joining the picket line outside Silvercup Studios in Long Island City.

On SNL, Meyers is best known for impersonating such figures like John Kerry, Prince Charles, Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), Sean Penn, Stone Phillips and Wade Robson.  He joined the long-running comedy variety show in 2001 as an actor-comedian and has now been promoted to head writer.

The 33-year-old SNL cast member demonstrated his support to the strikers by holding a sign that read “SNL on strike” last Monday.

"It's a very positive feeling.  The camaraderie is really good.  It seems hopeful," Meyers said.  “TV is completely changing, the way people are watching is completely changing, and we just want some structure in place to make sure the union is treated fairly.  I hope this ends as soon as possible. I'd be more than happy to do SNL this Saturday.”

Despite the protest, Meyers admits that he is trying not to dwell on what would happen of the strike dragged on, just like what happened 20 years ago when the writers went on strike for 22 weeks.  As a writer himself, Meyers believes that what his fellow comrades are fighting for is just and reasonable.

"You can't think about the personal impact it would have on you," he said.  "If you start thinking about it personally, you start to lose focus about why you're out here together…As far as how long we're willing to strike, the important thing for us to remember is that twenty years ago the writers went on strike for 22 weeks, and as a younger writer I'm a beneficiary of what they went through. But we would all much rather be working!”

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Los Angeles Times
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