October 14, 2012

SNL does the VP debate.

Photos, quotes, and video here.
Biden, played by long-time SNL veteran Jason Sudeikis, called one of Taran Killam’s statements a ‘bunch of malarkey.’ When Ryan explained that it was an Irish expression, Sudeikis responded: ‘No, Irish is I come over there and smack that dumb look off your face.’
ADDED: This bit would have been much funnier if it had stuck with the first joke — Biden's laughing and interrupting — and upped it to higher and higher heights of absurdity. Instead, they switched over to different ideas and the energy flagged. Using Usain Bolt excited the studio audience, but from the home-viewer perspective, it was dull. Paul Ryan's water drinking was a funny enough second theme, and it was upped in stages, but should have had more of a payoff. At one point, the actor playing Biden drinks water too. Did the actor just get thirsty?

21 comments:

AllenS said...

‘No, Irish is I come over there and smack that dumb look off your face.’

Pure comedy right there.

Haha.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

President Obama ran his Big Bird ad during SNL last night at least in NC and VA according to Twitter.

And then Seth Meyers did a fake news story about how Big Bird asked him not to.

Paul Kirchner said...

So, the joke assumes we think it was Ryan who had the dumb look on his face? (I didn't care for Ryan's Romneyesque half-smile, but compared to Biden's class clown antics it was magisterial.)

Also, the notion of Biden smacking Ryan brings up the image of Ryan proceeding to beat the stuffing out of the demented old man, and that is not funny.

BTW, any guesses how often Biden gets his teeth whitened? He's up there with Lou Dobbs at the 110-brightness level.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

In the bit last night, faux Biden came across the table and wiped the widow's peak off the faux Ryan.

And there was a lot of comical water-drinking on Ryan's part.

America's Politico said...

I cannot believe it that Eastwood is the American Expert.

He predicted:

--> Obama was an empty chair without the tele-promtper.

--> Biden was a body behind a grin.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/10/clint-eastwood-at-rnc-biden-a-grin-with-a-body-behind-it/

Should Hollywood/NPR/NYT/Main Stream Press APOLOGIZE to Eastwood?

Should Eastwood get an award on his Political Expertise?

Will a future convention compare a speech to Eastwood's?

Will SNL do an Eastwood (e.g., expertise in politics)?

Will Daily Show invite Eastwood as the great Expert?

EDH said...

On SNL, Sudeikis is both Biden and Romney.

A problem for SNL? No for long.

I thought the humor was fairly balanced between the campaigns overall.

The only false propping-up was of Raddatz the moderator.

Shouting Thomas said...

They really caught the inter-generational conflict, didn't they?

The Old Fart is the Baby Boomer who refuses to believe that the liberal verities of his era can ever fade away.

And the Upstart Kid, who, oddly, is conservative and wonky.

There's a lot of truth in this.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Sudekis also portrays Chris Matthews. He's becoming Phil Harman-esque in bland good-looking ubiquity.

I must say I much prefer Jay Pharoah's Barack Obama to Fred Armison's.

edutcher said...

Aykroyd (or Murray) and Belushi would have gotten it right.

Shouting Thomas said...

They really caught the inter-generational conflict, didn't they?

The Old Fart is the Baby Boomer who refuses to believe that the liberal verities of his era can ever fade away.


Sorry, Joe is no Boomer. He got at least 5 years on me.

MadisonMan said...

I thought is was pretty bad. The person doing Ryan mimicked Ryan's voice most excellently at times. Other times, not so well.

Shouting Thomas said...

Sorry, Joe is no Boomer. He got at least 5 years on me.

Sorry, edutcher, but you're a geezer. Embrace your geezer-dom.

edutcher said...

I haven't started geezing yet, Shout.

And you, of all people, should know the Boomers are anything but monolithic.

Mr. D said...

If you want incisive debate parodies, you really need to rely on the Taiwanese animators.

Unknown said...

I was SO looking forward to SNL's take - and, like everyone else, I was SO disappointed.

I could have written funnier, and so could you. There was so much to parody . . . why so lame? I have to think they were afraid to make really deep fun of Biden because they are Obama contributors and supporters. That just left a flacid skit.


Lame, Lorne. Get your game back.

Lynn Meadows said...

I'll watch anything that deals with skewering Ryan as the opportunist hack that he is..even SNL.

kcom said...

"Lynn Meadows said..."

So the next sock puppet is born.

Seeing Red said...

Then Ryan was where he needed to be, he can learn from a master hack, Uncle Joe.

Joan said...

What cowards they are, joking about abortion and ignoring the mess in Libya. They don't understand that what those topics have in common is tragic loss of innocent human life.

Texan99 said...

The skit was kind of lame, but there was a funny line in the write-up, even if it is an unfair attack on the candidate I support whole-heartedly:

"Romney defines life as anyone making over $250,000 a year."

craftygirl said...

The SNL skit wasn't funny to you because it proved that even if you make fun of Joe, he still wins the debate.

Objective Viewer said...

The skit was SO LAME! SNL blew it's chance at actually putting out a decent skit. The real debate provided so much to work with. SNL writers haven't had any talent in years. And these writers punishes the viewers with all these "waste of time, miss the target, no laughs" skits they piece together in their failed attempts to entertain it's audience. It's so sad what SNL has become. When they can't turn this VP debate into a funny skit, it's time to call it quits. Just show re-runs from better seasons & give the viewers something they can actually laugh at.