Evaluating SNL Political Satire

by Sal on September 28, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

I am not one opposed to political satire, whether it be against my own candidate or the opposition, when it is done well.  For example, I thought the first SNL skit two weeks ago of Tina Fey as Sarah Palin was hilariously funny.  This week, however, I thought that the SNL skit at the top of the show last night, with Tina Fey reprising the role, was not that funny at all.  It portrayed Fey as a bumbling hick with no clue from her interview with Katie Couric.  While the real interview itself was a less than stellar performance by Palin, and this skit did have some funny moments (particularly the “Can I have a lifeline” comment), I found the skit on the whole to be rather unfunny. 



SNL also has a long tradition of portraying the Presidential Debates.  They continued the tradition with a rather funny takeoff of Friday’s debate.  There were some parts of the skit that were a bit odd, but they took good pot-shots at both sides (including making fun of McCain for political stunts, and tying Obama to Rezko and corrupt Chicago Politics).  On the whole, a funny skit, but still pales in comparison to the Bush v. Gore skits of 2000. 

Finally, during its Weekend Update segment was the most hilarious skit of the night, with Darrel Hammond reprising his role as Former President Bill Clinton.  This one had me and MrsSal almost in tears with laughter.  It plays upon Clinton’s interview with Good Morning America, and how he was pretty consistently praising McCain.  This one’s definitely worth a watch.

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Buffoon September 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

Good post :) Personally I try not to get my feathers ruffled when its parody. I do my fair share of crumbing on Team Obama so whats fair is fair. I don’t know why some get worked up about the SNL skits when the actual real life interviews are the ones that are infuriating.

Couric? Gibson? Those were the real smug attacks….


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