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Ha ha – yes the skit was funny. Here’s what isn’t funny:
I’m a headhunter, based in Omaha, Nebraska. I got a call on Friday from a guy in New Jersey who used to have a good job in New York City. He hasn’t worked in a year. He’s applied for EVERYTHING, but can’t find a job. I talked to the guy for an hour, trying to give him some free advice; he’s articulate, smart, and driven. He called me because he heard the unemployment rate is low in Omaha and he’s ready to move his entire family to somewhere unknown to him just to find work. This guy is an inspiration and I’d vote for him in a heartbeat over the two choices we been served up. Neither Obama, nor Romney, will make the hard choices necessary to keep our economy from eventually plunging off the fiscal cliff. We need a leader. We needed Ron Paul.
Ron Paul who?
This sketch was at least four minutes too long. They have no idea how to cut jokes that don’t work they think everything is funny. It was 10:45 long it should have been 6 minutes maximum. Just another example of how Lorne Michaels needs to be fired and retired he’s lost his ability to know what’s funny.
And it’s why you’re anonymous…idiot. Who do you want to replace him with? Yourself?
He should be replaced by somebody 20 to 30 years younger. When he began the show in 1975 he was in touch with what’s funny. Now 37 years later he’s still running the show. Does that make sense?
It would be like hiring back in 1975 somebody who produced the Milton Berle show in 1952. That would not have made much sense. Lorne should have been put out to pasture 10 years ago.
Oh and the sketch really was too long it should have been trimmed during dress rehearsal.
This was funny but they could’ve cut the middle to make it shorter.
Got the tone of the debate just right I thought. Jay Pharaoh’s Obama is pretty great. Fred Armisen’s was a different kind of great but more about the sing-song quality of an Obama appearance. Lorne Michaels is a case study in show business survival specifically regarding relationships and the appearance of things political. Mike Nichols is another example of this I think. (From Elaine May and the Burtons to Andrew Garfield consider.) Meaning deliberately alienate no one until or unless you’re absolutely prepared to follow through by by-and-large keeping what you really think close to the vest. In this way you can be completely prepared to be fleet of foot on your own terms and at the right moment because you never know who exactly you’re gonna need or want when the terms of being the boss must dictate the choices you must make which, as Johnny Carson once said, are all about “the man behind the desk.” It’s possible that the power of a Lorne Michaels or a David Letterman are the end of an era. You can make the case that this has already happened to network newscasters in terms of Walter Cronkite-style influence.
Very strange – in the sketch, Romney is referred to as “Casper” and mocked for his Mormon faith (Magic Underwear). The only thing not off-limits regarding Obama’s heritage is the limp “punchline” where Obama is depicted as dropping his mic and celebrating in a stereotypically African-American fashion. If this is all they have the sketch should have been scrapped.
The Romney impression is great. Jay Pharoah is a talented guy – but he has ZERO talent for Obama. Why isn’t Armisenn doing it anymore? He had it down pretty great.
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