Let me say a few words about Ben Affleck. As a film actor he’s weak. And as a human being he pissed me off like no other celebrity has since I moved to L.A.
A few years ago, when I lived on the Westside, I was at a Starbucks when Ben Affleck strolled in to purchase a beverage.
Cool, I thought. I like seeing celebrities.
Affleck took his drink to an outdoor table and proceeded to read a newspaper.
Then, as I walked to my car, I noticed a parking cop writing a ticket for a black Benz illegally parked in a “red zone.” Ben Affleck noticed this too... and he approached the officer.
From across the street, I could tell what was happening. I wanted to run at them, waving my hands and yelling, “Don’t do it! Do not rip up that ticket!”
But I just stood there. Sure enough, Affleck talked himself out of a parking ticket... a ticket that you or I or Joe the Plumber surely would’ve had to pay.
I thought: “That’s your life, isn’t it, Ben Affleck? Bonin’ Jennifer Lopez and parking in the red zone.”
Now... let me say this: When Ben Affleck hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2004, he rocked it hard. Indeed, it struck me that this was the perfect forum for his talent... sketch comedy. He had voices, he had characters, he had great timing.
I would’ve advised him to take a year off from movies and join the “SNL” cast full-time.
Well, Affleck is hosting again tonight. And John McCain will make a cameo appearance. And word has leaked that “SNL” is planning a “savage” sketch making fun of Keith Olbermann.
I am looking forward.