Can Victoria Jackson come back from her Tea Party trip?
Victoria Jackson has spent the last few years engrossed in right-wing Tea Party political discourse — and she has alienated many fans in the process. Now the former SNL cast member says she's wants to find her way back to comedy.
Victoria Jackson hopes her extremely conservative viewpoints — some say "fringe" ideals — don't damage her hopes for another go at an entertainment career.
Mark Guarino talks to Jackson, insiders and friends of the comic for the website Salon and finds out Jackson's thoughts on becoming a Tea Party celebrity and where her future may lie sans politics.
Former Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member Nora Dunn says she's not surprised at Jackson's political moves these past few years but is pessimistic Victoria can recover her comedic presence.
"When you express the need for a white history month, that would be a hard sell for any audience, unless the audience is very limited and doesn't read or doesn't know anything about American history." She continued, "You can certainly find that audience, but I'm not sure you can write comedy for them."
Victoria Jackson tells Salon that she wishes to shy away from the political spotlight because she's simply not having fun anymore, in large part due to a press that seems to vilify her. "I wish the message would get overexposed and not the messenger. My takeaway is, it's more fun to by (sic) funny than to talk about serious stuff," says Jackson. "It's not popular to tell the truth anymore…."
Other insiders close to Jackson tell Salon Victoria's troubles stem from her seemingly out-of-nowhere foray into political commentary. Kelly Leonard of Second City, a Chicago sketch comedy theater famous for launching the careers many SNL members, comments, "Talent wins out. If she has talent, Hollywood will let you do anything."
However, Leonard notes the audience may struggle with Victoria Jackson returning to the showbiz spotlight since "she had never been a political comedian at all."
Victoria Jackson tells Salon, "It's up to God. God can do anything," she says. "If God wants me to be alive or dead, an airhead on a sitcom, or a fat grandma, it's up to God."