I wonder how this will play outside New York and New Jersey, but if you’ve been watching Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s press briefings you know that his sign language interpreter has become a minor celebrity. SNL’s cold open did a brilliant take on Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, along with their interpreters, at press conferences.
With Fred Armisen as Bloomberg and Cecily Strong interpreting, the sketch skewered the mayor for telling President Obama not to come to NY in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy because he would be too much trouble. Bloomberg may not have said, “I will have you arrested,” as his SNL counterpart did, but he actually told the President to stay in NJ. (Bloomberg’s subsequent endorsement of Obama helps redeem him from that wrong-headed decision – just look at the great press Chris Christie got by welcoming the President -- but just barely.)
Bobby Moynihan’s Christie, accompanied by the hilarious Nasim Pedrad as his big-haired Jersey interpreter, was broader but even funnier.
Keep your eye on the signers. They share a gesture that means Obama: big ears.