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FRED ARMISEN OUT AS 'SNL'S' OBAMA IMPERSONATOR
Big Hollywood ^ | September 12, 2012

Posted on 09/12/2012 5:19:43 PM PDT by SMGFan

Fred Armisen will be back on "Saturday Night Live" this season. His woeful President Obama impersonation, on the other hand, is history. TheWrap.com is reporting the late night sketch show will use newer cast member Jay Pharoah, who is black, to portray Obama starting with this Saturday's season debut. That's great news for those hoping the signature series would return to its more fair and balanced approach to political humor. Not only was Armisen's Obama a dud, the comedian's unabashed affection for Obama clearly impacted the performance. Will Pharoah be an improvement? Here's a sample:

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: bho4; comedy; snl
It is about time. We had a white guy for his white half...
1 posted on 09/12/2012 5:19:44 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

who is silly enough to watch SNL?


2 posted on 09/12/2012 5:23:42 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: SMGFan
Fred Armisen did a perfect Obama during the campaign season of 2008 in a skit pitting Obama against Hillary. Armisen had Obama's mannerisms down pat, his speaking style, tone of voice, everything. It was perfect.

After Obama was elected, Armisen quickly started sandbagging his Obama impersonation and holding back, using his own voice and not even trying to pull it off.

One of the reasons that Saturday Night Live sucks is because lame-ass comics like Fred Armisen are considered 'veteran' cast members.

3 posted on 09/12/2012 5:27:22 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: SMGFan
Maybe SNL will launch the new Obama with a cameo by Dan Aykroyd doing his Jimmy Carter with Obama.

-PJ

4 posted on 09/12/2012 5:30:25 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: SMGFan
Armisen has unabashed love for obama? That would mean he is a liberal and would a liberal play the lead in Portlandia, the TV show that makes huge fun of the liberals in Portland? Portlandia makes liberals out to be the fools that they are, it is hilarious and I hope it is back on again this fall.
5 posted on 09/12/2012 5:33:08 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: SMGFan
Portlandia is one of the few Must See Shows in my house.
6 posted on 09/12/2012 5:34:20 PM PDT by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: acapesket

Those gullible enough to think it hip, humorous, or both.

And then there are the entirely laugh-free ‘comedies’ foisted on the public by various SNL alumni. Bill Murray gets a pass as he had the sense to leave after one year.


7 posted on 09/12/2012 5:37:52 PM PDT by relictele
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To: SMGFan

SNL “fair and balanced”? I stopped reading there.


8 posted on 09/12/2012 5:41:34 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Ditter

I know for certain that Carrie Brownstein, Armesin’s coworker at the feminist bookstore, is a big lib. She is an open bisexual and big abortion activist and was a member of the feminist, Riot-grrrl band Sleater-Kinney.


9 posted on 09/12/2012 5:42:13 PM PDT by hout8475
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To: SMGFan
The number one thing about political impersonations is that they have to be FUNNY!

Otherwise, don't bother. I don't want "accurate", and I don't need mean put-downs. "Lame" is right out.
The best ones are when the target can fall off their chair laughing with them. (Nancy Reagan confessed to that, I believe.)

10 posted on 09/12/2012 5:46:11 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: SMGFan

Why the frick do we care about this right now???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


11 posted on 09/12/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: Tanniker Smith

Who’s the SNL guy that does Joe Biden, Greek sounding surname. He plays it for laughs, his SloJo impersonation is hilariously clueless.


12 posted on 09/12/2012 5:50:09 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
Jason Sudeikis.

-PJ

13 posted on 09/12/2012 5:51:29 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: hout8475
I get a huge kick out of Portlandia. Don't care about their politics as long as they keep showing libs for what they are. I have watched SNL ever since the first show and I never miss it. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's stupid. I do get a little tired of them bashing conservatives and never bashing liberals.
14 posted on 09/12/2012 5:56:28 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: RegulatorCountry

He’s gone. They’ll have to get a new Biden too.


15 posted on 09/12/2012 5:57:30 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: SMGFan; All

Thought Armisen was funny as Obama. Jay Pharoah may be too black to play Obama...at least Armisen is mixed race (White and Asian).

Sounds more like the move was done because Armisen is not black

Oh, and Portlandia is one funny show. Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are hilarious in all their different characters. Too bad Dish dropped IFC


16 posted on 09/12/2012 6:19:09 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (The DNC Convention is like the Nuremburg Rallies for non-white folks)
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To: SMGFan

Job opening! Is J. Fred Muggs still available?


17 posted on 09/12/2012 6:46:30 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: acapesket

‘m not changing my vote so I can watch this fool for 4 years!


18 posted on 09/12/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I didn’t think he was very good even when he was trying, and I agree-,most of the time he wasn’t trying—except to make Obama likable.


19 posted on 09/12/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SMGFan

SNL will still softball 0bama. Don’t expect any satire or anything. They will have to portray 0bama in a good light. They don’t want any trouble from Axlerod and company


20 posted on 09/12/2012 7:15:05 PM PDT by GR_Jr. ("On Nov.6 I guess I will swallow that bitter pill called Mitt Romney...only to stop 0bama")
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To: acapesket
About ounce every 5 years I'll watch SNL but not for more than 15 minutes. They are just so far out in left field that I can't see the humor just snarky meanness. When I first got married we used to watch them all the time but then they had Gilda.
21 posted on 09/12/2012 7:39:11 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again")
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To: SMGFan

CNN) — Chevy Chase didn’t look like Gerald Ford and didn’t sound like Gerald Ford. But in the mid-1970s, when “Saturday Night Live” first went on the air, Chase — then a writer and cast member of the show — made his impression of the president, rife with pratfalls and slapstick, the talk of the country.

He also made the president a butt of jokes, which was intentional, Chase told CNN in an interview.

“[Ford] was a sweet man, a terrific man — [we] became good friends after, but ... he just tripped over things a lot,” he said. “It’s not that I can imitate him so much that I can do a lot of physical comedy and I just made it, I just went after him. And ... obviously my leanings were Democratic and I wanted [Jimmy] Carter in and I wanted [Ford] out, and I figured look, we’re reaching millions of people every weekend, why not do it.”

Over the years, “Saturday Night Live’s” political satires have become a mainstay of the show, sometimes to startling effect.

Al Franken — now the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota — and his then writing partner, Tom Davis, wrote a wicked takeoff of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s book, “The Final Days,” which included Dan Aykroyd as a bitter Richard Nixon and John Belushi as a toadying Henry Kissinger. In the mid-’80s, a sketch starring Phil Hartman as Ronald Reagan showed the president, often lampooned as forgetful, with a razor-sharp command of the Iran-Contra situation, cutting deals in Arabic and barking orders at his staff.

More recently, Dana Carvey’s malaprop-laden impression of George H.W. Bush, Hartman’s puppy-dog Bill Clinton, Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush and Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin have embedded themselves in the culture.

Though Chase believes the show leans left, and Fey’s Palin is an attempt to hurt the Republicans, Marc Liepis, NBC Universal senior director of late night publicity, had no comment.

CNN: You mean to tell me in the back of your mind you were thinking, hey I want Carter ...

Chase: Oh, yeah.

CNN: And I’m going to make him look bad.

Chase: Oh yeah. What do you think they’re doing now, you think they’re just doing this because Sarah’s funny? No, I think that the show is very much more Democratic and liberal-oriented, that they are obviously more for Barack Obama. [In the ‘70s], out of the Nixon era, and it was not unlikely that I might go that direction.

CNN: I talked to one political pundit who said, I think Chevy Chase cost Ford the presidency.

Chase: When you have that kind of a venue and power where you can reach so many millions of people and you’ve become a show that people watch, you know, you can affect a lot of people, and humor does it beautifully, because humor is perspective and has a way of making judgment calls. ... So I think there was no question that it had major effect and in fact, in speaking with his family and then later him, and even reading some of his books ... he felt so, too.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 7:47:25 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Aug. 27, 2012-Mitt Romney said his views on abortion are more lenient than the Republican Platform)
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To: acapesket

I don’t watch SNL but seems to me there was a guy on Stossel’s FOX show that did a great impersonation of BO.


23 posted on 09/12/2012 8:43:00 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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