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Yeah, we get it SNL…McCain and Palin bad…Osama and Biden good. God, is it November yet?
Tina was on point, once again. I was LMAO when she talked about the UN and when she tried to get around the question about the bail out.
Fred Armisen is a TERRIBLE Obama. Shame on Lorne for not scouting a talented black comedian to join the cast.
Hey, Frank Grimes. That’s right. McCain & Palin REAL bad. And it’s Obama, you imbecile.
It’s hard to cringe and laugh at the same time. I succeeded at both. Great job, SNL.
Awful. Fey’s Palin remains quite good. But Poehler is a consistently awful mimic, and her Couric is of very little value. But here’s the real problem. Rather than come up with some moderately implausible circumstance to lampoon — like the shared ‘press conference’ last week — they simply recreated the interview that everyone has seen a thousand times already on Youtube. And quite frankly:? Nothing can be both as funny and as horrifying as the real thing.
In this case, truth is both stranger and funnier than fiction.
(The debate skit that followed was even worse. Armisen and Hammond don’t get close to adequately impersonatingn the two candidates – Hammond might as well be doing Cheney. And the skit was clearly written before the debate itself, rendering the whole thing toothless. After all, satire can’t be all that effective when it has little actual bearing on the event you’re trying to satirize.)
Why should we expect Lorne Michaels to care one bit about who plays Obama? Like so many other 60′s flower children who came into money, he became a Republican shill as evidenced by his political affiliations, and the head writer for the so-called political sketches (Jim Downey) is also a conservative. This alone is the major reason why the show lost so much of its topical bite over the years, leaving the true satire to be done by Bob Smeigel and his wickedly accurate TV Funhouse segments. Tina Fey is a delight, so I’m glad she’s willing to contribute still in the hopes that it translates to more viewers for 30 Rock.
This sketch wasn’t that great and yet it was better than the rest of the show. My how SNL has fallen. It’s UPN-levels of bad right now.
Who will save SNL past the election: Tina Fey or Joe Patroni?
Is Fred Armisen doing Obama or Bert from Seasame Street but with blackface?
This is a skit of New Yorkers, for New Yorkers (and Hollywood). The electoral votes for NY and CA will go, as usual, to Obama. It’s the rest of the country where this election will be decided, so these cutesy, banal little skits bashing the GOP ticket might have diminishing returns for Obama come election time.
I thought Tina was fabulous and the content was so close to what Palin actually said. Has there ever been a less qualified candidate for VP than her? You can try to agrgue that Obama isn’t qualified either, but I defy anybody to broadcast any of his interviews that approach the kind of lunacy and stupidity we saw in that Couric interview.
Nikki, you’re far too excited to show us these, and they aren’t even that good. SNL is not the end all, be all of political satire. We GET IT, Hollywood wants Obama to win. WE. GET. IT.
The problem is that the actual Palin Couric interview is funnier.
Why are you posting about SNL?
Vernon Demarest is trying to take off from Runway 2-2 at O’Hare and it’s littered with long overdue John/”Jack” Kennedy biographies that were taken out by “Barry”/Barack Obama that were never returned to the library.
What’s that you say?
Yes. Joe. I agree. That picture of “Barry” and his wife looks uncannily like the cover of Sally Bedell Smith’s “Power and Grace.”
What was that photographer’s name? Jacques something? Who (amongst many) helped groom the look of “Camelot?”
Yes. Joe. I agree. Obama should be be flagged for politically appropriating other people’s originality.
This is probably the source of Bill Clinton’s problem with him. He’s actually ten times worse the Kennedy copycat that Clinton was.
At least Clinton lived in HOPE, Ark. (Oh that’s right. Kenya is supposed to be Hope, Ark.)
Obama is just pretending that he did (or does.)
Joe. Gotta run.
“Barry” is playing hoops again on 2-2 substituting a basketball analogy for the Kennedy football family sport.
And Rahm Emmanuel just sprained an ankle.
What do you mean you have to go to Florida?
You need a suntan to clear 2-2?!?
You mean like the one that “Barry” got in Clearwater?
Like the sun that JFK got before his first debate with Nixon? Quite literally? (Biographer Richard Reeves.)
Yes. I agree. Those kids will photograph very nicely under the desk in the Oval Office.
” ‘Sascha-Sascha.’” Peek-a-boo!’ Very funny Joe.”
Get in here stat! I have an airport to run!
By the way Joe. Trans Global Airlines is having a “Style Over Substance” party in their lounge on Election Day.
And the whole world’s invited!
No. “Barry” hasn’t RSVP’d yet. Nor has Rahm.
From what I understand. Their housekeepers weren’t invited.
Maria and Lourdes are just going to have to bite the bullet.
Streisand may show however.
She’s changing some lyrics though…
“Papi, Can You Hear Me” anyone?
I assume Nikki is just doing her part via her column as a concerned American who doesn’t want to see her empire fall.
As for you idiot Republicans, I used to disagree but have some ounce of rational respect for our differences. What are you still fighting for?
You’re essential fighting for a wayward party that has gone socialist for big business without providing health care or education. There is nothing smart about supporting this party any longer. reform right wingers. reform.
If Palin gets stuck for an answer on Thursday, I hope Biden asks her if she would like a lifeline.
Her choice, phone-a-friend or poll the audience!
SNL has been dead for years. Drive a stake through it, throw some garlic in the coffin and rent a DVD if you have to be home on a Saturday night with nothing better to do.
Isn’t Biden the same guy that told everyone that Obama was “clean” and articulate”? And that he “wasn’t ready to be president”? LMAO. Maybe Biden should just debate Obama so the pair of them can stick a fork in their failing campaign.
I don’t get these anti-Hollywood political comments that I read when SNL does a satire. After all, this is a Hollywood column and, yes, Hollywood is, basically, a liberal town. Get used to it. If you’re against Hollywood and what it stands for – then why are you reading this? This column is about Hollywood – straight and simple. As for Nikki, I don’t know her political beliefs as she has NEVER injected her personal political opinions in her column (at least I never saw them). She has simply reported on what Hollywood has done which is the job of an entertainment journalist. McCain bailed on Letterman. That is the truth. Palin has come off as a someone who doesn’t know what she is talking about. That is the truth (by the way, I was born and raised in Alaska so please don’t think that all Alaskan politicians are as goofy as she is because they’re not). If (or when) Obama did (does) something silly or stupid, then SNL will satirize it and Nikki and other entertainment journalists will report it.
If you’re a McCain supporter and a Hollywood biz lover, then there’s nothing wrong with that. Just know that this town sustains its livelihood with creative freedom and beliefs of individual liberty which is the cornerstone of liberalism. I can’t imagine how horrible Hollywood would be if the creative elements were to succumb to the conservative movement and the denial of individual liberty and creative freedom.
Speaking of bad impersonations, I’ve always wondered why Chevy Chase’s Ford and Dan Akroyd’s Carter were always praised. They neither looked nor sounded like the men they were supposed to be impersonating.
Yeah, I know this is noteworthy because it’s political and all, but the high points of last night’s show were the Sudekis/Faris sketch that followed and Kristen Wiig’s amazing verbal performance on WU.
Just look at all the polls, Fox included. Obama has opened up at least a 7 point lead and the lead will expand as the US realizes how dangerous a McCain/Palin administration will be.
I found the debate sketch hilarious and biting. It plainly painted both candidates as decidedly unfit for the job. In that regard it couldn’t be more truthful.
Did you watch the debate, Harley? Several aspects the sketch accurately reflect various portions of the actual debate, and it’s my opinion that Hammond’s vocalization is uncannily close to McCain’s actual voice.
It’s just not funny, because it’s too realistic.
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