Saturday, November 22, 2008

SNL looking to hire Black Obama

According to Gothamist, Lorne Michaels is in the process of auditioning black actors to play Barack Obama. The names floating around include Wyatt Cenac of The Daily Show, Jordan Peele of MadTV, 30 Rock's Donald Glover and Jordan Carlos of the Colbert Report.

I will miss Fred Armisen's Kermit-like Barack Obama, but I would love to see Wyatt Cenac or Jordan Carlos on!
Though, I don't think the fact that the person is blacker will change the fact that Barack Obama is difficult to make fun of.

Edit: Chicago Tribune says that when contacted, SNL said this story had no truth, saying "Fred is Obama."

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Paul Rudd/Justin Timberlake

Things I liked:
1) Justin Timberlake!
2) Kristen Wiig's debut of her Janet Napolitano impression.
3) The Digital Short. My God, I laughed.
4) The cast giving props to new girls Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins at the closing credits. How sweet!
5) Bobby Moynihan's rabbit character on Update. The name escapes me, but I loved it.

Things I did not like:
1) The fact that Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins were clearly given invisibility potion, and then forced to don a invisibility cloak for the duration of the episode. ("clearly given invisibility potion", that's got to be some sort of paradox/irony/oxymoron thing)
2) The cold open. No Obama? Or real Biden? Disappointing.
3) The fact that Andy did not take off his shirt in the Digital Short.
4) Hardly any Wiig/Wilson/Woman tonight.

Longer review tomorrow.
Oh, and isn't it weird that three of the women on SNL have surnames beginning with "W". Wiig/Wilson/Watkins. And isn't it coincidental that the adjective I used to describe that situation also began with 'w'?
Good night, and good luck!