SNL Writers Breakdown Donald Glover "Kanye Place" Skit
Since the hiring of ASL translators for the construction of a corn field on a sound stage, SNL gives you an inside look at what it was to do the crossover sketch with Donald Glover.
New York, NY – the Saturday Night Live writers Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie spoke in a behind-the-scenes video, posted on the SNL Youtube channel, about the writing and production of "A Kanye Place" sketch.
The critically-acclaimed theatrical work was part of last week on the internet breaking episode hosted by Donald Glover.
Green and Gillespie originally wrote the play as a sketch, but realized that during the Wednesday table read, there are too many moving parts. Given that it was a parody of Paramount's recent horror film, A Quiet Place, it was decided that the best course of action would be the movie. The field was built in the interior, in a study of sound, in less than 24 hours and the sketch was killed on the afternoon of Friday. "The moment you walk on set, which is like my favorite thing," shared Green, "because you wrote this, and it's all very abstract, and then, hours later, when you walk on set, and it's like, 'oh, my God!'."
Despite the fact that it was a parody sketch, the writers and directors were dedicated to authentically fit of the different Kanye-related storms to the rhythm and the atmosphere of the film. American Sign language (ASL) translators were brought in during production to ensure that the actors were signing correctly during a party in which they communicated non-verbally.
The Creation "Saturday Live" interview "To Kanye Place" can be found below, while the original sketch is up above.