SNL Doesn’t "Get" that Obama is Funny
I actually watched the first ever Saturday Night (which is what it was called before the word “Live” was added). The highlight of my week as a little kid was staying up after my parents went to bed on Saturday and hearing Chevy Chase as President Ford shouting, “Live from New York it’s Saturday Night!” Gerald Ford wasn’t even particularly funny, but Chevy Chase took his tiny bits of clumsiness and created several funny openers.
Dan Ackroyd was even funnier as Jimmy Carter who even lusted after Sherry Lewis in his heart. Dana Carvey created comedy gold from a lack luster George H. W. Bush. Phil Hartman gave us Reagan with rosy cheeks, but you’ll have to forgive me, I didn’t watch the show much in those years so my recollection is not that great; however, I do remember this sketch:
But Hartman also did a great Clinton which was taken over by Darrel Hammond. Finally we had Will Farrel as George W. Bush giving us that great word, “Strategery.”
For goodness sakes, SNL has even given us parodies of presidential candidates. Does anyone remember Dana Carvey debating himself playing George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot? Norm MacDonald was excellent as Bob Dole.
The point is, SNL was always able to take even unfunny presidents and candidates and create memorable caricatures. So what’s up with their portrayal of Barack Obama? Are they afraid? Apparently I’m not the only one noticing SNL’s lack of humor.