NBC aired a new Thursday night edition of Saturday Night Live last night and offered a couple of really funny new politically-slanted skits. Last night’s ep featured a guest appearance by funnyman Will Ferrell reprising his role as George W. Bush offering a comedic official proclamation of endorsement for the campaign of John McCain (played by Darrell Hammond) and Sarah Palin (played by the amazing Tina Fey) for president and vice president respectively. Here is a group shot from the ep’s opening skit of the comics posing for a photo in the SNL Oval Office:
Appearing as President Bush on the primetime edition of “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell offered his political “strategery” to Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin. Ferrell reprised his famed impression of the president on the live “Weekend Update” special Thursday to give an “impromptu” evening address to the nation. He spoke about the election between John McCain and Barack Obama — both candidates, he said, that are “heavily patriotized” and “display much characterization.” He then gave his endorsement to McCain and Palin, something that they apparently didn’t want. Ferrell said he was unaware that his approval ratings were low because he had several months ago declared the Oval Office a “bummer free zone.” Speaking to Fey again appearing as Palin, Ferrell informed her that her role as vice president was “the most important in the land” and that the “president can do nothing without checking with the vice president.” Fey corrected him that he had it backward. Eventually Darrell Hammond as McCain turned up to reluctantly receive the endorsement. The sketch between Ferrell and Fey was the meeting of two of the most popular political impressions in the show’s history. It might have been complete only if Chevy Chase stopped by as Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey appeared as H.W. Bush and Amy Poehler joined as Hillary Rodham Clinton. An alum to the NBC comedy show, Ferrell was the latest guest star to make an appearance on “SNL,” which has seen its ratings soar this election season. Fey has become a virtual cast member again, thanks to the popularity of her Palin impression.
OMG … LOL … these SNL skits keep gettin’ better. I just love how they are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year’s political satire is so brills. It has been ages since SNL has been so Must See. But, as funny as this explanation of the Ferrell/Fey/Hammond skit is, nothing beats watching the real thing. After the jump, check out the SNL skit titled Bush Endorsement in full …
Hee hee! I gotta say, I’ve missed Ferrell‘s GWB impersonation … if only because Will Ferrell makes something so wholly depressing just a wee bit funny ;) Tina Fey nailed it again as Palin. I can’t wait to see what the SNL gang have got planned for tomorrow night’s new ep — Jon Hamm of Mad Men will be hosting and Coldplay is the musical guest. So … did y’all enjoy this new skit? Any Ferrell fans in the hiz?
PS: Click HERE (Part II) to watch last night’s edition of Weekend Update (“Check it out, I can make Michigan bounce!”).