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SNL’s send-up of Al Sharpton omits funniest joke of all

posted at 11:11 am on December 12, 2011 by

How seriously awful is Al Sharpton as a news analyst? He is so bad that Saturday Night Live, usually simpatico with liberal causes great and small, devoted nearly four minutes to a parody of the race huckster’s MSNBC show Politics Nation. (Video of the SNL segment is here.)

The bumbling Sharpton is such an easy target that a comedy sketch about him practically writes itself. All you need to do is insert his actual on-air gaffes, which the SNL writers did at the end of the bit, recalling nearly verbatim his now-legendary teleprompter flub: “but resist we much … we must … and we will much … about … that … be committed.”

But the real joke, which the writers either missed or ignored, is that Sharpton leads a double life. He is a self-styled crusader for the 99 percent and downtrodden masses while living like a 1 percenter. According to documents obtained by the New York Post, Sharpton last year “drew a $241,732 salary and perks that included first-class or charter air travel”—this despite his owing the IRS $2.6 million in income tax, and the state of New York nearly $900,000.

And there’s more. His nonprofit National Action Network (NAN), which pays his salary, is $1.6 million in the red, most of the debt stemming from $884,000 in unpaid federal payroll taxes, interest, and penalties. NAN also paid more than $100,000 to settle two lawsuits, byproducts of the unpaid bills. Last year NAN took in more than $3 million in donations.

Two for-profit companies owned by Sharpton also carry unpaid tax debts, the Post reports. The now-defunct Rev-Al Communications Inc. owes the state nearly $176,000, and Bo-Spanky Consulting Inc. is $3,500 behind on state-tax liens.

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DeepWheat on December 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

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cmsinaz on December 12, 2011 at 12:48 PM

“Blueberry pie stealin’ Republicans” was actually pretty funny.

stacybernardslay on December 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM

…but I’m sure he’d be all for raising his (and every other) well-off citizen’s taxes.

Not like he’d pay them anyway …

Mycnh on December 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

One of the first things the next President needs to do is to direct the IRS to go start seizing Sharpton’s assets in order to take care of his owed Federal taxes. If the State of New York doesn’t care about collecting their taxes, that’s their problem.

clayj on December 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM

SNL’s send-up of Al Sharpton omits funniest joke of all

Omitted the funniest joke of all? How so? It covered Al Sharpton.

mintycrys on December 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I hire an independent contractor who (seriously) works as a clown as his main source of income. The IRS wrote me to demand we garnish the poor guy’s pay to go towards his tax debt. Shouldn’t the Government treat all clowns equally? Pay up Sharpo!

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