Video: SNL on O’Donnell, Ground Zero mosque

posted at 10:44 am on September 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

Three clips for you from last night’s season premiere, although only one is worth watching. The O’Donnell skit is the “newsworthy” bit but the gags are so predictable that you might as well skip it. How predictable? Put it this way: At one point, they actually have her in a witch’s hat riding a broom. So perfunctory is it, in fact, that I wonder if they were forced to do something like this because all the good comic material had already been mined while they were on summer hiatus. See, e.g., this absurd mock ad about the Delaware race created by Jimmy Kimmel 10 days ago.

The fake commercial for the Ground Zero mosque is also worth skipping if you’re pressed for time, partly because it’s derivative of Greg Gutfeld’s plan to build a gay bar next door to Park51 and partly because of the lame “twist” at the end. They wanted to goof on the mosque somehow but they didn’t want to take full responsibility for doing so, so they copped out by framing it as a goof on the GOP. Way to be brave, kids.

The third clip, in which David Paterson confronts longtime antagonist Fred Armisen, is the one to watch. I’ve written about these skits before, amazed that they’d joke about his disability so brazenly and surprised that Armisen’s weird insult-comic reimagining of Paterson works as well as it does. I laughed all the way through the first three minutes here. Paterson has some well-written one-liners too, but alas, he’s no performer so they end up falling flat. But never mind that: It’s nice to see that he’s been able to put his pique over their mockery of him aside. Enjoy.


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But nothing ever on Obama’s addiction to the Teleprompter?

Wethal on September 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM

They’re bidding for a gig in front of Congress.

Kissmygrits on September 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Seldom watch SNL these days, lost it’s appeal somewhere along the line. Old age?

jeanie on September 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Wimps. It doesn’t take balls to go after O’Donnell.

Go after the Global Warming communists if you have any guts SNL.

darwin on September 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM

When are they going to parody the stimulus.

Oh.

artist on September 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM

jeanie on September 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Nope. It ceased being funny a long time ago.

kingsjester on September 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Seldom watch SNL these days, lost it’s appeal somewhere along the line. Old age?

jeanie on September 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

No, it just sucks.

darwin on September 26, 2010 at 10:54 AM

O’Donnell, the GZM, and Patterson? Is that the best SNL can come up with? I guess they’re taking a 4-year pass on ever really going after Obama.

Doughboy on September 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I recorded SNL telling myself that if the opening skit didn’t skewer Obama I was not going to try to watch it anymore. It’s official. SNL is a waste of time. The opening skit was pathetic and stupid.

Mr. Big on September 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Brave! Outrageous! Courageous!

thebrokenrattle on September 26, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Maybe SNL will actually do a skit about Scooter after Comcast takes over. But, they sure won’t as long as Immelt is their boss.

kingsjester on September 26, 2010 at 10:56 AM

pathetic…folks who watch this were not going to vote for odonnell anyway, do they think this can do another ‘palin’ hit?

cmsinaz on September 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Talk about irrelevant…

ladyingray on September 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Catch that at the end of the GZ Mosque commercial?

“Paid for by the RNC…
and 70% of the DNC.”

KingGold on September 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

cmsinaz,
exactly, its part of a larger trend where birds of a political feather flock together. In the process shows like SNL slowly but surely end up with a smaller audience of like minded individuals. The impact on the rest becomes marginal at best.

rob verdi on September 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

SNL is still on the air?????!!!!!

moonbatkiller on September 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Truth to power, baby!

And I thought for sure there’d be a skit about Obama botching key passages from core American documents during a press conference. Silly me!

rrpjr on September 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I was thinking about O’Donnell and the american electorate this morning:

With all the talk that Christine O’Donnel as an extremist I was struck by how often that charge is used against people who upend the establishment candidates. It started in Utah where Senator Bennet was defeated over his TARP vote, and led to the eventual rise of Mike Lee, who will surely be a Senator next year. This was met with shock from the beltway and howls of outrage! (You could argue the rise of Rubio and Toomey were also part of this trend, but I don’t recall the outrage over them unless you count the whining of the GOP elites) Then there was Angle who with Tea support upended the elite and took on the mantel of challenging Reid. She was immediately declared unelectable by prognosticators, but now has a better then even chance to defeat the Majority leader of the Senate. In Colorado the “extremist” Ken Buck has a decent lead over the incumbent Democrat. In Alaska an earmark professional was upended by Joe Miller who will surely end up being the next Senator from Alaska. Now here we are with O’Donnel, who happens to be the extremist enemy of the day. What isn’t being noticed amidst the great media pile on is how every step of the way yesterday’s extremist politician subtly become mainstream. Its as if attacks fail, the left moves onto a new target that is claimed to be an extremist, and yesterday’s target now looks mainstream in comparison. (For the record I consider votes for cap and tax more extreme then any inane social views.) Its as if the entire political spectrum has shifted rightward. Who will be the next “extremist” after O’Donnell becomes accepted as the new norm?

rob verdi on September 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Seldom watch SNL these days, lost it’s appeal somewhere along the line. Old age?

jeanie on September 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

No. SNL is too busy admiring the Emperor’s new clothes.

TugboatPhil on September 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM

rob verdi on September 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

yep…i’ve seen it some of the new fall tv shows, some them won’t make it past christmas…

cmsinaz on September 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

But nothing ever on Obama’s addiction to the Teleprompter?

Wethal on September 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM

They could do much better than that. If they heaped 10% of the ridicule they reserve for Palin, it would be hilarious. The way he walks, his nervous smile, his programmed answers (which go on forever) which relate to nothing substantive, his faux hugs, pointing and smiling at people, so many silly mannerisms they don’t go near out of respect for him. They parody Repub presidents as stupid and out of touch. But they’re all liberals, so what do you expect. Any reference to Obama retains much respect for him.

The O’Donnell sketch was bizarre, though the imitation was pretty good. The tagline at the end of the GZ sketch was gratuitous for sure. The Patterson sketch showed what a great mimic Fred Armison is, and had its moments.

Paul-Cincy on September 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Seldom watch SNL these days, lost it’s appeal somewhere along the line. Old age?

jeanie on September 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

..nah. It’s just good taste (yours) and bad taste (theirs).

The War Planner on September 26, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Governor was great…

Wade on September 26, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Seldom watch SNL these days, lost it’s appeal somewhere along the line. Old age?

jeanie on September 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Call me crazy, but I stopped watching this buffoonery back in the 70s–at about the same time I gave up the weed.

Gang-of-One on September 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM

So the Tina Fey treatment for another Republican female politician, color me surprised. Not.

txmomof6 on September 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

SNL can be funny when they stay away from political humor. When Betty White hosted the show it was hilarious. The show depends a lot on who is hosting, if they are funny the show will be funny.

Bill C on September 26, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Looks like Senator Al Franken is still writing their material. Separation of Entertainment and State?

paul1149 on September 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

SNL would be a better show if they just ran re-runs of the first 5-6 seasons.

And whatever happened to Second City TV? From a entertainment POV, SCTV was much better. Very little political messaging, unlike SNL which is nothing more than the comedy arm of the DNC. Wait…rumor has it that Congress is now competing for that position.

BobMbx on September 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM

What’s an SNL ?
/

cableguy615 on September 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Who watches SNL anymore? its complete crap.

exceller on September 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM

So the Paterson bit manages to hammer the Republican, ignore the demorat and gives Paterson an opportunity to work in his own spiel of success. No wonder I keep the tv off unless a DVD is playing.

Bishop on September 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

That show hasn’t been funny in 30 years. At least there was some humor back in the Belushi and Aykroyd days.

Jeff on September 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The third video was painfully unwatchable.
New thought: WH staff leaving in droves, SNL cast currently on hiatus-a match made in heaven?

mad scientist on September 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

That show hasn’t been funny in 30 years. At least there was some humor back in the Belushi and Aykroyd days.

Jeff on September 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Male Customer #2: [ sitting down, spots Nico and makes his order ] I’ll have a couple of eggs, and sausage – is that link sausage or patty? [ Nico nods ] Link? [ Nico nods ] Link? [ Nico nods ] Uh, link sausage, a large orange juice, and coffee.

Nico Dionasopolis: Cheeseburger?

Male Customer #2: No, I don’t want a cheeseburger. Eggs, couple of eggs.. [ Nico nods ] ..eggs.. [ Nico nods ] Do you speak English? [ Nico nods ] Eggs, couple of eggs, over lightly, with sausage.. cafe.. cafe..

Pete Dionasopolis: [ interrupting ] No, no, no, no, no eggs – cheeseburger!

Male Customer #2: When do you stop serving breakfast?

Pete Dionasopolis: Now. No breakfast.

Male Customer #2: No breakfast?

Pete Dionasopolis: Nope.

Male Customer #2: I just want a couple of eggs.

Pete Dionasopolis: No breakfast! Cheeseburger!

Male Customer #2: Shut up! I don’t want a cheeseburger!

Pete Dionasopolis: Come on, come on, come on – don’t give me that. Come on, let’s go, let’s go, we gotta have turnover! You want a cheeseburger? Everybody got a cheeseburger, you want a cheeseburger? Come on – cheeseburger?

Male Customer #2: I don’t want a cheeseburger! I just got up, it’s too early for a cheeseburger!

Pete Dionasopolis: Too early for cheeseburger? Look – [ points around to his customers ] cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger.

[ as Pete says "cheeseburger", George throws cheeseburgers on the grill ]

Pete Dionasopolis: What do you want? What are you gonna have?

Male Customer #2: I’ll have a cheeseburger.

Hehe, the good ole’days

thebrokenrattle on September 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Gang-of-One on September 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Not enough weed in the world to make the new one funny…

mad scientist on September 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM

The riff with Patterson was classic. He’s a hell of a sport for playing along.

nukemhill on September 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Judging from the comments for this, HA readers are just as clueless as the weenies at SNL.

Good topical comedy goes after every target with potential for humor. Patterson has it, of course, but so does O’Donnell. Yes, Osama Obama does, too, but he’ll be much funnier after he’s impeached.

Palin is a gold-mine for laffs as well, just like Bawney Fwank and Charlie Rangel.

Conservatives are getting as touchy and humorless as the libs. Sad. We can’t laugh at ourselves, but insist that our opponents get skewered.

If SNL was really doing its job, y’all would hate it even more than you do now.

MrScribbler on September 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

SNL, as bad as it ever was. The real joke is that comedians that so love to think of themselves as daring, politically incorrect, ‘speaking truth’, etc, etc, are just political hacks parroting the democratic party line.

The only skit worth seeing this week was the hair-replacement fake ad.

I believe many of our posters here could write ten times the comedy. Where is Alan Grayson in a crazy rage? Where’s Rahm screaming on the phone? Where’s M’chell in one of her clown outfits? Where’s Dingy Harry? Princess Nan? Bahney Fwank blubbering? So many of the democratics appear to have been invented just for parody, but it’s not going to happen on SNL.

When Chevy Chase was asked a couple of years ago about his doddering imitation of President Ford, he admitted that they were ‘just doing what they could for the cause’. They all are.

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

BobMbx on September 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM

There was also an old show called “Fridays!” that was pretty funny. One of the cast of Seinfeld was on it (pre-Seinfeld of course).

mad scientist on September 26, 2010 at 11:35 AM

SNL? That’s so 1970s…

ddrintn on September 26, 2010 at 11:36 AM

I can put up with whatever bias they have in picking pols to skewer as long as its funny and shows a little intelligence. But alas, their political skits have become the laziest, most sophomoric, and least funny part of a show that has become virtually humorless on the whole.

They can put Christine O’Donnell on a broom (seriously? thats what a room full of professional writers came up with?? seriously??), but dont spend 2 minutes on the 109 things Obama has done to embarrass himself and the country since their last show.

LAME and LAME

alecj on September 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM

It’s not funny because it’s way too political. Well, probably not the only reason, but the major one. They also have fallen into the new comedy, smug, snarky, beta males making fun of the majority of the country. Way to build an audience.

IMO the best ever SNL actor was Eddie Murphy. His best characters weren’t obsessed with being soooo smart and political. There might be an occasional quip about Reagan, but it was very rare. It was just funny and actually edgy.

Their agenda is just way too obvious the last 10 years.

That and the fact that Lorne Michaels is the Al Davis of producers now.

reaganaut on September 26, 2010 at 11:40 AM

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Well said.

rrpjr on September 26, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Hehe, the good ole’days

thebrokenrattle on September 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Made me laugh just reading it and remembering!

PatMac on September 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I stopped watching SNL when it became the weekly Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo Variety Show.

Consider this: If, back in the 1980′s, Eddie Murphy tried to be funny without using profanity to the extent he did, would we even know his name? Even so, what’s his big claim to fame now? Male prostitutes or playing a cartoon jackass?

Hmmm..staying power, I guess.

BobMbx on September 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Comedy requires objectivity, the key ingredient which SNL has lost along the way.

MestizoMaverick on September 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

“No Coke, Pepsi”

“Alan was buzzing o-ff!”

“Bass-o-matic…it slices, dices, and gives good head”.

One of the funniest skits, ever, was the circumcism in the backseat as part of a car commercial.

BobMbx on September 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Gang of one @11:11–Same here.SNL just isn’t funny if you”re not stoned.

DDT on September 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

A fundamental SNL truth: those who play conservative women are not nearly as good looking as the real thing.

horatio on September 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

It was my understanding that only hipsters still watched SNL. I don’t think SNL has been relevant for quite a few years.

ButterflyDragon on September 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

One of the funniest skits, ever, was the circumcism in the backseat as part of a car commercial. BobMbx on September 26, 2010 at 11:50

Bingo. We don’t just remember them as funny, they really were funny.

Mojave Mark on September 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal, Martin Short. They were funny. Before it became a propaganda auxiliary of the democrat party.

rrpjr on September 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Not enough weed in the world to make the new one funny…

mad scientist on September 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Even if it is early, I’ll drink to that!

Gang-of-One on September 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM

20% military discount…hah.

SouthernGent on September 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM

The massive liberal ridicule/bias machine should remember, that Fairness Doctrine/diversity programs are a double edged sword.

Speakup on September 26, 2010 at 12:21 PM

BTW, this year it looks like they have a new black comic, the one that did the not-bad Chris Rock and Will Smith imitations. He’s an obvious choice to ‘do’ Bammie, and it wouldn’t be hard to do it better than the weak Fred Armisen version.

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2010 at 12:22 PM

One of the funniest skits, ever, was the circumcism in the backseat as part of a car commercial.

BobMbx on September 26, 2010 at 11:50

Ahh…THIS ONE

JetBoy on September 26, 2010 at 12:24 PM

“They also have fallen into the new comedy, smug, snarky, beta males making fun of the majority of the country. Way to build an audience.”

It works for Hot Air!

ebrown2 on September 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM

i like this SNL like the rest of the medias is becoming powerless. O’donnell is going to win going away…….

unseen on September 26, 2010 at 12:32 PM

So the Tina Fey treatment for another Republican female politician, color me surprised. Not.

txmomof6 on September 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

It is all they know how to do.

cobrakai99 on September 26, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I laughed all the way through the first three minutes here.

I guess you had to be from NY. I didn’t laugh once.

fossten on September 26, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Dude! All three sucked butt!

abobo on September 26, 2010 at 12:43 PM

I heard the cast burned a koran during the commercial break.

Ronnie on September 26, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Just part of the propaganda wing of the DNC, not gonna watch, don’t want to waste two minutes of my life or lose any brain cells over these mindless water carriers.

Come Nov the joke will be on these socialists and that right there is gonna be FUNNNNNYYYYY and worth watchin!

dhunter on September 26, 2010 at 12:51 PM

When are they going to parody the stimulus.

Oh.

artist on September 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM

heh. Worth repeating. Heh

When Chevy Chase was asked a couple of years ago about his doddering imitation of President Ford, he admitted that they were ‘just doing what they could for the cause’. They all are.

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Also worth repeating

I can’t get myself to watch SNL because the comedy is more burlesque than vaudeville. There is no gentle fun. They have to hammer the politics as well as the foolishness of public figures, so the hammer is directed at the audience as well as the public figure. Its a good way to gain a single minded audience and they don’t have to be clever using a hammer.

entagor on September 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I hate to be cranky, but if it’s bad comedy, why are you running the story?

This is just another way to pile onto her. HUFFPO LITE?

Give it up.

It’s now reached the point of disgusting that Lisa M. looks credible.

AnninCA on September 26, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The real issue is simple.

oh gosh, those “dumb” teaparty people gave her money and stood up by this “dumb” primary vote.

And we all know that Mahyer’s constant releases are far, far more credible.

oy vey.

AnninCA on September 26, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I fell asleep after Weekend Update.

O’Donnell to start the season? I get that she’s got some views that are different from NYC, but is she that much of a threat that they need to mock her right from the get go?

This probably only helps her, being mocked by SNL is no badge of dishonor.

rbj on September 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Calling Italians “greasers” Isn’t that racist???

georgealbert on September 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Is allahpundit the only one left watching snl?

Freddy on September 26, 2010 at 2:01 PM

i don’t know where youse have been but snl has done plenty of slams on obizzle and the dems—you’ve got to watch the show to see ‘em

sorta’ like libs saying glenn beck said this or rush said that—when all these libs know is what someones cousins girlfriends mothers second aunt twice removed told him her haidresser overheard a client whispering to her poodle…

devadevadasa on September 26, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Gov. Paterson was great.

Ms. O’Donnell should appear every time with the Bewitched music and make the most of the pre- and during Halloween seasan. Only way to go. Self-deprecation, to a point, is disarming.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Wow the O’Donnell thing was the opening? Kinda lame.

Rocks on September 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Allah C*ckbar!!

Ian on September 26, 2010 at 3:31 PM

So the Paterson bit manages to hammer the Republican, ignore the demorat and gives Paterson an opportunity to work in his own spiel of success. No wonder I keep the tv off unless a DVD is playing.

Bishop on September 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

It’s a good thing that major cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast , (or here in Canada Rogers, Shaw and Cogeco) now offer phone and internet service! They would starve to death if they were only delivering TV signal only !

cableguy615 on September 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Mouse With Human Brain May Live
O’Donnell … just a bit ahead of her time.

J_Crater on September 26, 2010 at 5:05 PM

NBC is a completely Godless network.

It is a poster child for the atheist movement.

They can have it.

molonlabe28 on September 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

SNL stopped being funny when SCTV appeared and showed them how it was done. SNL never got their mojo back.

keep the change on September 26, 2010 at 6:54 PM

I perked up when “REALLY? With Seth and Amy” took on Dinnerjacket and his speech at the UN. Unfortunately, they spent about five seconds on Iran and the rest on DADT. Typical.

Kafir on September 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Shouldn’t all political skits have a Obama impersonator walking around in their backround, naked as an Emperor Minus His Shiny Empty Suit?

Obama’s naked incompetence and 2 year complete failure on the economy is the Elephant in the Room going studiously unnoticed in all political discussion and attempts at ‘humor’.

Just have him wandering ineffectually about, and have no one in the skit ever notice him.

And never explain it.

Make the audience think for themselves for a change.

profitsbeard on September 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

profitsbeard on September 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Get a nice suit and put a man in it with a green stocking on his head and hands, so it looks like an empty suit talking. Add voice offscreen.

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2010 at 7:46 PM

They can’t find new stuff on Palin, so she’s it.

AnninCA on September 26, 2010 at 9:26 PM

I don’t watch SNL, and I have not done so for a very long time.

I watched about one minute of video clip one above and had more than enough.

Disgusting!

They are pro-left, pro-democrat, anti-Conservative, anti-Republican (and I’m not even a republican).

I am sick of the lie, the fabrication, the deviancy, the dishonesty, the clear bia of the left, and SNL is part of it.

They aren’t funny, and they aren’t creative.

They are just creepy, and I don’t need that kind of creepiness in my life.

Thanks.

William2006 on September 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Who even watches SNL anymore?

Ricohoc on September 27, 2010 at 6:18 AM

One of the funniest skits, ever, was the circumcism in the backseat as part of a car commercial. BobMbx on September 26, 2010 at 11:50
Bingo. We don’t just remember them as funny, they really were funny.
Mojave Mark on September 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

poooiiiiifect!

The original cast was far superior and independent

I loved that era with the NRForPTplayers, SCTV and of course Monty python

all comic genius and blended well

dos anybody remember the “adventures of miles vopperthwait and the raging queen”?

Sonosam on September 27, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Isn’t Christine O’Donnell “a witch” in the same way that Obama is “a Muslim”?

Some sort of practice a considerable time ago.

I won’t hold my breath for the Obama’s secretly a Muslim jokes.

This is the Democrat echo chamber: be conservative and having once been un-moored and impressionable, forever have it define you. And the servile press can redefine you again and again to keep it up. They enjoy it, ala Alinsky. Be liberal and the even the suspicion that you are something other than what you say you are is “wrong” or “unfair”.

Axeman on September 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM