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The cold opening featured Fred Armisen handing over to Jay Pharoah a new Barack Obama impersonation. The skit then cut to Jason Sudeikis reprising his Mitt Romney impression by saying, “One of my horses failed to medal at the Olympics. I know hardship.” Cast member Taran Killam did Paul Ryan. It was Presidential politics from the get-go on the 38th season opener of Saturday Night Live tonight hosted by Seth MacFarlane. There was a skit spoofing Obama’s ads about Bain Capital. And a fake ad for a new Broadway show, “Clint Eastwood & Chair”. With Bill Hader playing the actor, the duo “take their act on the road” and interview other chairs representing Jimmy Carter, Michael Bloomberg, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. (“We’re going to need a bigger chair.”)
Weekend Update’s Seth Meyers started off strong, noting Obama was up 4 points in the polls. “Which means he’s only 5 points behind Bill Clinton.” Meyers then noted that the crude propaganda film The Innocence of Muslims “opened this week” amid violent rioting. “So far the reviews have not been good. Don’t you guys know YouTube has a comments section?” Later bizarros Honey Boo Boo and her mother were spoofed commenting on the campaign.
Except for a quick “Mitt Romney makes me so mad” said in song, first time host Seth MacFarlane didn’t make any campaign jokes in his monologue – but he did do Peter Griffin and Stewie Griffin voices from his Family Guy show and then broke into song with My Head Is Full of Voices.
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