Caryn James

Watch Mick Jagger, Jon Hamm, Foo Fighters in Spectacular SNL Season Finale

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  • May 20, 2012 11:55 AM
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Mick Jagger was host of one of the best SNL’s of the season, a high-energy finale that relied on Jagger’s persona and was fueled by so much nostalgia that it seemed like classic rock, with Jagger doing "19th Nervous Breakdown" with Foo Fighters, "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire and "Ruby Tuesday" in the show-ending goodbye to Kristen Wiig, who’s leaving SNL.

Newt Gingrich, Moon President: "May Divorce Be With You." (SNL Video)

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  • February 5, 2012 9:35 AM
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Last night’s SNL started off with the best sketch of the show: Newt Gingrich, President of the Moon, with cameos by Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Calista and a Reaganesque robot. (Everyone except host Channing Tatum.)

Stephen Colbert Turns His Super PAC Over to Jon Stewart

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  • January 12, 2012 11:30 PM
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Would-be fake president Stephen Colbert – who has polled higher than Jon Huntsman in his native South Carolina – has been piling up money in his Super PAC. But now that he’s ready to form an explororatory committee for his campaign, he can’t legally run the PAC himself. (We know that Romney and Gingrich and all the others don’t coordinate with their PACs; that’s what they’ve said, so it must be true). What to do?

The Daily Show: The Republicans Are Like A Box Of Chocolates

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  • January 4, 2012 11:33 AM
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The compensation for post-vacation return to real life: new episodes of late night shows. None of them were at their best last night, with The Daily Show and Colbert Report suffering most from having taped before the Iowa Caucuses even started. Not that Mitt Romney’s squeaker win would have mattered much, but as Jon Stewart explained in a ghost-story voice, he didn’t have results because “I’m speaking to you from the past.”

Mitt Romney Does Letterman's Top Ten

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  • December 20, 2011 9:10 AM
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David Letterman’s Top Ten List has become the place politicians go for damage control (remember Rick Perry’s Top Ten Excuses for his “I forgot” moment?), or to try so liven up a robotic image or revive a faltering campaign. The robotic and the faltering problems both apply to Mitt Romney, who last night delivered the “Top Ten Things Mitt Romney Would Like To Say To The American People.”  

SNL's Mitt Romney: Raw and Unleashed

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  • November 20, 2011 3:10 PM
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With Romney the default Republican candidate, the impressions of him are piling up. Jason Sudeikis’ needs some work (so far Jimmy Fallon and his glistening Romney wig are in the lead) but this SNL sketch with Romney  trying desperately to be edgy – yes, he wears a leather jacket – is a shrewd take on political consultants.

Jimmy Fallon's New Political Ads, Beyond Perry's Brain Melt

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  • November 11, 2011 1:25 AM
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Jimmy Fallon revealed a new crop of Republican campaign ads last night, just in time to take advantage of Rick Perry's brain-fail. Or, as Fallon put it in his monlogue, "Turned out that George Bush was the smart Texas governor." His forgetful Perry and cash-poor Michele Bachmann are fun, but the sharpest is his dead-on, already hilarious Mitt Romney impression. The non-Fallon Herman Cain ad is pretty shrewd too.

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