I stopped watching television news sometime in the 1980s, so I’m not always up on TV news personalities.
This weekend, I watched Saturday Night Live and saw Bill Hader’s impersonation of a Fox News anchor called Shepard Smith.
Hader’s performance was weirdly intense and creepy but I really had no reference for the impression. So I went on Youtube and searched for Shepard Smith videos.
I can’t say that Hader’s impression really captured him. Smith doesn’t seem to be quite as creepy as Hader brings him off.
However, there seems to be something odd and strange about Smith. On the surface, he seems like your standard handsome newsman with a golden voice. But there is something strange about him.
Here are the first few videos that popped up on Youtube:
Smith interrupted a political analysis of Mitt Romney’s campaign to talk about the height of the waistband Romney’s pants. Smith gaped in open-mouth horror when he realized Romney was wearing mom jeans! and he decried punditry for not addressing the issue.
Watching Smith in that clip, it seems like he’s completely lost his newsreader composure. I feel like I’m watching a sitcom instead of the news. No wonder Hader has to stretch to parody this guy, because he already seems like he’s pulling my leg.
Here, he refers to a Fox News analyst as “Jonathan Cunt”.
In this clip, Smith again loses his shit and pounds the newsdesk as he screams “We do not fucking torture!” I’m on board with his outrage (I think), but he seems to switch it on and off so suddenly again I feel like I’m watching a performance.
In this clip, Smith is promoting a Glenn Beck event and kind of making fun of it at the same time. At 1:42 he fakes suppressing a sob when he’s criticized by Chris Wallace.
Here, he pulls a total comedy straight man act.
Here, he tells viewers not to watch Chris Wallace’s show after Wallace teases him about Ole Miss’s football performance.