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Caryn James

Obama, Romney and Tom Hanks in SNL's Debate

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  • October 21, 2012 9:46 AM
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Were all the “binders full of women” jokes used up? SNL’s debate sketch ignored the most popular satirical target from the last Presidential debate, focusing instead on the candidates' pugnacious attitudes, with the added attraction of Tagg Romney promising to punch the President.

Jon Stewart on The Big Bird Wars

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  • October 9, 2012 10:53 AM
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Who would have thought that the possible firing of Big Bird would become a topic of national debate? (Yes, it sometimes takes threatening a puppet to create a political uproar.) After Mitt Romney’s threat to cut funding for PBS, Jon Stewart took a closer look at how Sesame Street is “indoctrinating our children,” as some right-wing-nuts have claimed. Teaching kids to share? That’s just a recipe for social dependency.

SNL and the Post-Debate Fallout (The Horror, The Horror!)

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  • October 7, 2012 10:40 AM
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It’s a good thing SNL had the presidential debate as fodder, because they absolutely wasted Daniel Craig. And while Jay Pharoah continues to struggle with his Obama impression (why the grimace? Obama doesn’t channel Denzel Washington) the sketches included a very funny, perfectly–targeted recreation of MSNBC’s post-debate coverage: the horror, the excuses, the Chris Matthews hysteria. 

SNL: Jay Pharoah Takes On Obama, But Sudeikis' Romney Steals the Scene (Video)

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  • September 16, 2012 9:49 AM
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The best SNL political impersonations capture some essential truth about that person’s character, hilariously exaggerated: Darrell Hammond’s gleeful,hound dog Clinton, Will Ferrell’s squinty-eyed doofus W. spouting words like “strategery.” Fred Armisen’s Obama never managed that, and so this season he literally handed the role off to Jay Pharoah. In the opening sketch, Armisen’s character introduced the president with “Wouldn’t want his job, right?” – an edgy reference to being replaced but probably better than ignoring it. And Pharoah’s Obama? So far, a little skimpy, but he seems to be shaping up as a guy who may be too cool for his own good, saying “I’m not worried. I should be,” which at least makes him a caricature with a point rather than an bland impression.

Jimmy Fallon Channels James Taylor: "I've seen Romney, I've seen Bain."

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  • September 8, 2012 8:28 PM
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James Taylor wrote some enduring lines with:

Watch Clint Eastwood Talk to Invisible Obama at RNC

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  • August 30, 2012 11:19 PM
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There are no words . . . even Rachel Maddow was nearly stunned into silence at the end of Clint Eastwood's bizarre, rambling stand-up routine of a speech at the Republican National Convention. You can read a description - that Clint talked to an empty chair, pretending that President Obama was sitting there. But no description can prepare you for the odd reality of the cringe-worthy performance, part lame vaudeville comedy, part unintentional performance art. (In minutes, there was a Twitter account for "Invisible Obama.")

The Republican Convention: Colbert and Stewart On Star Wars, Rain Man and Reince Priebus

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  • August 30, 2012 11:23 AM
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Each night during the Republican Convention, The Colbert Report has started with an intro that parodies Star Wars, as words scroll into space to introduce the coverage from Tampa: America Strikes Back. Last night’s legend included this:

Rush Limbaugh's Gift to Conan and Kimmel: The Bane-Bain Conspiracy (Video)

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  • July 19, 2012 12:32 PM
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For a while it seemed as if that ogre Rush Limbraugh had drained all the fun out of the Bane/Bain coincidence by taking it seriously, claiming that "The Dark Knight Rises" villain Bain was meant as a left-wing attack on Romney’s outsourcing, money-making company Bain. That idea, of course, is so ludicrous that it was quickly turned back on Limbaugh, who became the butt of late-night routines. Funny in spite of himself, he just can’t help handing comedians these gifts.

Upright Citizens Brigade Vets Romney's VP Choices (Video)

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  • July 16, 2012 9:15 AM
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For a blip of time last week, there was a flurry of Condi for Vice-President chatter – which was quickly shot down as a distracting Republican attempt at “Look over there! Not at the Romney Bain fiasco!”  But even if Condoleezza Rice isn’t going to be the next vice-president, Upright Citizens Brigade has been on the case with a very funny series of videos called “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps.”  And we know how much the McCain campaign could have used some vetting help.  

Stephen and Mitt Go To The Olympics

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  • June 13, 2012 10:03 AM
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Stephen Colbert knows the next big thing when he sees it. A horse partly-owned by Ann Romney is trying out for the Olympics, and what bettter way for Mitt to earn some blue-colllar cred than for the family horse to win that big dressage competition? Here’s The Colbert Report’s priceless take on the ultimate Romney sport – the show has declated dressage The Official Colbert Report Sport Of the Summer – with new sing-along lyrics to “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

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