Jason Sudeikis: Sudeikis & Tell
BY Brandon Voss
February 07 2011 5:00 AM ET
As far as I can tell. I’ve kissed a handful of fellas in various improv shows and stuff, but I’d never done it with a mustache or kissed someone else with a mustache, so that was interesting. It’s off the bucket list!
Before that kiss, can you guess the last time you caused such a big stir on the gay blogs?
Oh, man. The sketch when I put Zac Efron’s foot in my mouth?
That is correct, sir.
Wow, I didn’t have to phone a friend or anything. Truth be told, I hadn’t done that in any of the rehearsals. I just did it on the air to screw with him. The scene is basically about an older brother teaching his younger brother how to get girls. Zac’s a nice guy, we got along really well, and he really enjoyed that scene. There was so much good energy by the time we did it for the show, I thought, I’m just going to try it and make him fight me, but I was able to overpower him and stick half his foot in my mouth. I figured if anyone in the world has a clean foot, it’s got to be Zac Efron.
What did his foot taste like?
Just any old foot. That’s one of the nice things about life: It doesn’t matter how good-looking you are or how well your career’s going, all our feet taste the same.
Homoerotic humor on SNL is common, especially guys kissing other guys for a gag. Do you enjoy those scenes?
It depends what the joke is. I can’t say it works for me every time, but I liked it in that Hamm scene because it seemed more playful than trying to shock. Listen, dressing up like J.Lo is what’s really tough. I hadn’t done drag on the show before, and Lorne Michaels thought it would be really funny if Bill Hader and I were J.Lo impersonators. Putting on fake eyelashes was about the most difficult thing I’ve had to do. Eye makeup in general is very hard.
How do you respond to criticism that SNL too often resorts to cheap gay jokes?
I remember when Paul Rudd hosted in 2008, people thought everything in the show had a gay slant. As far as that content, we fell into a trap of not embracing the variety of a variety show, but the temperature of homophobia at our workplace is incredibly low. We have gay writers and lots of other people behind the scenes who are gay, and we all really care about each other. There’s no judgment or a desire to ostracize and make entire groups of people the butt of a joke. We’ll go after people like Sarah Palin, understandably so, but offending vast groups of people would just make the bars we hang out at outside of work more awkward.
Why hasn’t there been an openly gay SNL cast member besides Terry Sweeney for one season in the ’80s?
I have no idea. But if we can just get a gay Asian lady on the show, that would scratch lots of things off the list. America is a big place, and we’ve got a lot of minorities who haven’t been on SNL yet, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that the show lasts another 36 years. One day, somebody will go, “Why aren’t there straight people on SNL anymore?”