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'Saturday Night Live':
We Had a Hard Time Finding
Jokes in Wednesday's Debate

Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard

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Posted By:JoniTx, 10/8/2012 11:16:11 AM

Given the shellacking Barack Obama took at last week's presidential debate with Mitt Romney, one would have thought NBC's Saturday Night Live would have had no difficulty finding material to spoof the event. Not so according to New York magazine which published a piece Monday entitled "Unlike the Rest of the World, SNL Had a Hard Time Joking About the Debate": In an unusual move, NBC allowed the New York Times to sit in on SNL's writing and rehearsal process last week. The paper reports that mining the debates for comedy was surprisingly difficult,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 10/8/2012 11:25:03 AM     (No. 8917920)

Oh, those poor SNL writers! Their sad story reminds me of one of my favorite jokes.

Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: That's not funny!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/8/2012 11:25:26 AM     (No. 8917922)

To SNL, it`s hard to find a joke when you are the joke.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: john56, 10/8/2012 11:31:16 AM     (No. 8917939)

Maybe they could have just rerun their spoofs of the 2008 CNN debate where the SNL guys posing as CNN people would ask Obama questions like are you comfortable, do you need a drink of water and then ask Hillary the tough questions.

You know, like how most of the RAT infested media whores do it in real life.

Obama's problem is he's so used to having an advantage in his favor (fawning media, hit jobs on the opposition) that when it's an even fight, he's underarmed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mean Gene, 10/8/2012 11:32:45 AM     (No. 8917943)

''Um...um....uh....uh...''
I guess they missed that one.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 10/8/2012 11:34:24 AM     (No. 8917947)

Because of SNL's political leanings towards the way left, they should have taken Mark Levin's advice after Obama's debacle: Go into their bedrooms, lock the door and pull the covers over their heads.

Just take the week off next time, SNL.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 10/8/2012 11:42:29 AM     (No. 8917988)

Thank you, #1. That is the first thing I thought of, too.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 10/8/2012 11:42:46 AM     (No. 8917991)

Almost all their political sketches are lousy...broad...skewed.

This one was remarkably anti-Obama.

Which I enjoyed. Although I didn't laugh anywhere. (They should forget doing political sketches

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/8/2012 11:48:12 AM     (No. 8918007)

I'd have loved to see the old Jim Belushi reruns of ''We're White Guys!'' Those were funny. White folks have no trouble laughing at themselves.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: thelmalou, 10/8/2012 11:57:14 AM     (No. 8918022)

Whatever their difficulty, they came up with enough material to royally skewer O and MSNBC. They've always been great at parody of the debates.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/8/2012 12:28:13 PM     (No. 8918134)

Jay Pharoah does a horrible Obama impersonation. Really this does not pass for broadcast. SNL says they couldn't find anything funny and the show reflected that. The show was the worst they have ever broadcast. If SNL is going to engage the NYTs as writers, they should know that is propaganda not satire.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/8/2012 12:45:41 PM     (No. 8918170)

The Bush/algore parodies were hilarious. They have not been funny since. SNF does not realize that they are now the joke. They can't see the forest for the trees. I imagine if they had pulled five people off the street those guys could have come up with some funny lines. Funnier than what they came up with. Whomever was able to make algore look like a boob in those parodies is no longer on staff or is afraid of being called a racist if they unleash on obama.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 10/8/2012 12:51:00 PM     (No. 8918183)

Well. I thought it was funny!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 10/8/2012 12:51:53 PM     (No. 8918185)

The debate I mean....plenty BIG jokes there.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Lucky4, 10/8/2012 1:01:25 PM     (No. 8918214)

I was not thrilled when they called Mitt a liar, but overall, they did ridicule Obama, and we all know that is a cornerstone of Alinsky tactics. It is very promising to see it happening finally.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: hot coffee, 10/8/2012 1:04:43 PM     (No. 8918223)

That's okay SNL. I got more laughs at Obama's expense from the actual debate than I have from the past twenty years of your stupid show.

If you want to see a truly funny SNL sketch, check out "Dukakis After Dark" from 1988. Phil Hartmann should have won an Emmy for his role as a drunk Ted Kennedy (redundant, I know).

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Reply 16 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 10/8/2012 1:21:14 PM     (No. 8918264)

I actually can see this; in order to do worse than Obama actually did, they'd have to go to the extreme mocking -- like having Obama talk in nonsense language that no one understood, puking on himself, or something beyond the pale.

They did this with Bush II, drunk ("Hello, old friend!"), the world falling apart, etc.

And they did it with Sarah Palin.

But they've got so much invested in Obama, it would be impossible.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: iamtinman, 10/8/2012 1:30:06 PM     (No. 8918275)

Maybe someone should tell SNL that it wasn't supposed to be funny! There is not much funny at all about this election. Well, except for Joe Biden of course. He's always good for a laugh unless you're one of those middle class folks who have been buried for the last 4 years.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: surgedr, 10/8/2012 1:39:56 PM     (No. 8918290)

As long as Loren Michaels is the producer this show will never make fun of anyone on the left especially Mr. Obama. I've got a great idea, let's not give them any more attention, or ink, or comments...let's just ignore them and let them slowly become irrelevant and fade away!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: KsGirl101, 10/8/2012 2:32:22 PM     (No. 8918416)

Is anyone going to watch the Ryan/Biden debate? I want to, think it would be great fun, but...Joe's teeth. Joe's teeth scare me to death. They want to eat me!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: joew9, 10/8/2012 3:46:29 PM     (No. 8918610)

Their problem was all the obvious comedy hits are on Obama with Romney as the straight man and the SNL writers could not bring themselves to laugh at the guy they are hopelessly in love with.

They could have had Obama completely distracted, even wandering off the stage at one point. But that would be so close to what actually happened that it would have made the SNL writers nervous.

Then when Obama is off stage Mitt looks over and sees only an empty chair. Obama running back up to the podium and breathlessly saying "Could you repeat the question Bob... er...uh... Jim."

The next shot is Romney looking over in shock to see Obama pigging out on some fast food, ketchup smeared on his mouth. And then sneaking a cigarette.

Then Obama catches a look from Michelle off stage with crossed arms and a glare and he ditches the food and cigarette.

Moments later Mitt looks over and Obama has wandered off again and at the edge of the stage with a couple of guys shooting hoops.

And finally Obama exits the debate entirely while putting on his golf gloves and hoisting his clubs over his shoulder.

Romney's mouth is agape. Lehrer seemingly has noticed nothing while concentrating on his earpiece and hits Romney with a challenging question as if Obama had actually responded instead of just leaving. This strongly implies Obama and Lehrer had colluded together ahead of time and the question and answer was pre scripted.



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Reply 21 - Posted by: Penney, 10/8/2012 4:00:51 PM     (No. 8918644)

The graphic empty chair cartoons, among others, abounded afterward, yet SNL couldn't think of any jokes about that 0bama debacle?!!! ...
SNC's come undone. zzzzzzzzzz

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 10/8/2012 4:04:17 PM     (No. 8918648)

Heck, they could have taken a few jabs at his race. It's what got him elected; should be worth a laugh or two now!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: rexhandsom, 10/8/2012 4:23:06 PM     (No. 8918689)

OK......OK.....OK the joke's on me, I thought the Debate was SNL... and one of their best show's.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Momma Walton, 10/8/2012 5:16:06 PM     (No. 8918799)

The mess that Obama has created is no laughing matter. This country needs someone (Romney) with common sense and a spirit of love/concern for this country, not a party man, like Obama!

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