The fact that shows like Saturday Night Live can thrive for decades on political satire and parody, lampooning presidents and presidential wannabes alike, says a lot about our democracy. And SNL can often be brutally unforgiving. For that reason, I give a lot of credit to politicians who agree to appear on the show.
McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, has already appeared on Saturday Night Live and was, primarily, the butt of their jokes. Last night, it was John McCain‘s turn and it looked to me like a candidate who has conceded defeat while taking some jabs at the running mate who has been a drag on his ticket. The opening sketch was remarkable in its portrayal of Palin and, more importantly, McCain’s agreement to participate in it:
That’s one funny McCain. The audience clearly appreciated he and Cindy McCain’s willingness to play along. McCain also made light of his campaign’s strategy for winning the election:
Lastly, Ben Affleck did a devastating parody of Keith Olbermann. It’s a must see.
Katie Couric interviews Sarah Palin:
Compare that to Tina Fey‘s parody of the interview. Sadly, there’s really not a lot of difference between the two:
This came to me via email without any attribution whatsoever, so I’m afraid I do not know who to credit. Hilarious:
Ze Frank is back with The Show–thank gawd–after a prolonged absence and it couldn’t have come too soon, what with the writer’s strike and all. I wonder who wrote this show?!?
My DVR describes Aqua Teen Hunger Force as "food items solve crimes." They are food items but I can’t recall them ever solving crimes. This is one of my favorite shows and, if you’re not familiar with it, is yet another example of the genius that is [adult swim].
The Hunger Force of the series consists of Master Shake is a self-centered milkshake. Frylock is a goateed box of french fries who plays the straight-man, has a jewel embedded in his back, and can shoot lasers from his eyes. Meatwad is a gullible glob of meat who can morph into the shape of a hot dog or an igloo.
Carl is their disgusting next door neighbor. He’s human…well, sub-human. Many of the episodes open with a short scene featuring Dr. Weird, a mad scientist, and his assistant, Steve.
The intergalactic characters include the Mooninites and the Plutonians.
The Mooninite characters include Ignignokt and Err, a couple of smart-assed two-dimentional pixelated game sprites lifted right out of any 80s arcade game. The Plutonians consist of Oglethorpe and Emory, a couple of spikey and stupid extraterrestrials. Oglethorrpe has an Austrian accent.
This is a typically great episode that includes most of the characters:
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