While the writers’ strike raged, I missed many of my favorite scripted shows, but particularly longed for the political satire that “Saturday Night Live” has thrived upon for more than 30 years.
And when savvy politicians have appeared to be in on the joke, even better.
Prior to Saturday in this abridged season, we’d already seen Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee on “SNL” to lampoon the race for the presidency. During Saturday’s Weekend Update segment, Rudy Giuliani jokingly blamed his previous “SNL” hosting duties for his unsuccessful campaign. And the favorite to claim the GOP presidential nomination, John McCain, has also served as host in a previous season.
Appearing in the opening segment of Saturday’s show was Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton, who delivered the show’s signature “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” with a wide smile while standing next to cast member Amy Poehler.
Poehler, dressed in a similar coat and pearls, had just impersonated Clinton during a send-up of the most recent Democratic debate (pictured atop this post). When Clinton said she “adored” Poehler’s impersonation of her, the cast member joined her on stage and cackled maniacally when the presidential hopeful demanded her earrings back.
“Do I really laugh like that?” said Clinton, who then appeared to acknowledge that as truth as she and Poehler trailed off in a synchronized mumble.
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And now back to our regularly scheduled programming …
I know we’ve been going a little overboard lately with the Oscars coverage. Promise we’ll lay off (well, maybe one or two more posts — but that’s it!). Anyway, aside from the four-and-a-half hour, retrospective-packed shindig on Sunday night, there was another big show I hope you caught over the weekend — the return of SNL.
It was a truly memorable episode, hosted by Tina Fey, with instant classics like the commercial for “Annuale” (the once-a-year period birth control), “I Drink Your Milkshake” (where Daniel Plainview and Anton Chuger drink, you guessed it, other people’s milkshakes), and Mike Huckabee’s self-parody on Weekend Update.
But best of all was Fey’s op-ed, in which she raised the question of why so many Democrats are abandoning Hillary Clinton. “People say that Hillary’s a bitch,” Fey said of the Chappaqua resident. “You know what? Yeah, she is. And so am I. And so is this one [gesturing to Amy Poehler]. Bitches get stuff done. … It’s not too late, Texas and Ohio, get on board. Bitch is the new black!”
By the way, assuming the YouTube link dies soon, here’s a link to an extended version of Fey segment on NBC website.
Why do we love the quirky, genre-bending Icelandic songstress so much? For starters, she lives in Rockland. And in 2007 alone, she had almost too many bizarre moments to count. Still, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll try to recap a few. In March, there was her hilarious unplugged cover of Ã¢â‚¬Å“No LimitÃ¢â‚¬? (Ã¢â‚¬Å“No, no, no, no, no, no …Ã¢â‚¬?) at the Paris club Baron. Later came Ã¢â‚¬Å“Earth Intruders,Ã¢â‚¬? the spacey electronica ditty off Volta, the album she released earlier this year. Oh, and we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget her April performance on SNL, the single most mesmerizing (and weird) musical-guest gig the show has seen sinceÃ¢â‚¬â€well, BjÃƒÂ¶rk last appeared on it in 1997.
Prediction for 2008: Another film role like 1999Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Dancer in the Dark? One-upping her 2004 Olympics performance (remember the 10,000-square-foot dress?) at the games in China? Your guess is as good as ours.
(AP Photo / Gary He)
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? Rockland Magazine, December 2007
As thousands of well wishes pour in for former president (and seemingly all-around-likeable-guy) Gerald Ford, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pause for a moment and hear what Chevy Chase has to say. As you may recall, the actor and Bedford resident played the Prez on SNL in 1976 as a bumbling, gaff-prone klutz, and turned the performance into one of his earliest trademarks, leading some people to suggest Ford helped launch his career.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what Chevy had to say about that:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The man who Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmade my careerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ did not do Ã¢â‚¬ËœFletch,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ did not do Ã¢â‚¬ËœCaddyshack,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ did not write for the Ã¢â‚¬ËœSmothers BrothersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ before he wrote for Ã¢â‚¬ËœSaturday Nigh Live,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ did not write for 12 years before that and win Writers Guild awards. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that kind of thing that comes out in the press that perpetuates myths about me that are disgusting, that hurt my feelings, that hurt my familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s feelings. He did not make my career. If anything, I took his career and put it in the dumper because I did not want him to be President of this country, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way it really should be written.Ã¢â‚¬?
The comedian added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just a guy who made some fun of Gerald Ford in 1976 and I prefer to be left alone, really.Ã¢â‚¬?Ã‚Â Alright, starting now, we promise.