Video: SNL on debate – “The worst thing that ever happened”

posted at 12:31 pm on October 7, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The recently reinvigorated cast of Saturday Night Live has been having a field day with the 2012 election and their ratings have shown a payoff for their efforts. Yes, the majority of their skits still tend toward skewering conservatives and Republicans, but to give credit where credit is due, they do take some shots at Obama when the target is too obvious to ignore. Such was the case with last week’s debate.

As pointed out over at Mediaite, they lined up their fake MSNBC cast for a panel hosted by their version of Rachel Maddow and featuring Chris Matthews with Al Sharpton to talk about “the worst thing that ever happened anywhere.”

SNL had a field day mocking MSNBC’s reaction to President Obama‘s debate performance, from Al Sharpton coming up with every excuse in the book to defend how badly Obama did to Chris Matthews yelling at the camera like a drunken man-child.

Rachel Maddow opened by calling the debate “The Worst Thing That Happened Anywhere” before asking her co-hosts for their reaction. Sharpton first threw out altitude poisoning as a possibility before Matthews insisted that Obama’s real problem was not speaking up enough. As Matthews argued, “you win a debate” by screaming at people incoherently until they shut up.

They still managed to get in a collateral damage shot at conservatives by bringing in a fake S.E. Cupp, portrayed as a pretty but vapid observer who had no comments beyond smiling over Obama’s defeat. But even with that, it was a fairly glaring attack not just on Obama’s poor performance, but the totally vacuous nature of the MSNBC prime time lineup. The roughly four minute video follows and, for once, you may want to actually watch. The show stealer is, beyond a doubt, the Sharpton character.

Bonus: Doug Mataconis has the video of SNL’s other segment on the debate itself. The President had a bad night on SNL no matter how you slice it, and they reach a far more diverse audience than primarily conservative leaning media.


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On the anniversary – the Obamas thought the world would sympathize with them having to be there, instead of ‘celebrate’. Instead it all backfired, as 70 million Americans and the rest of the world saw a Big Dummy exposed nakid.

Schadenfreude on October 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I lurked on a few leftist sights on Thursday to enjoy the meltdown (you know, in a can’t-avoid-looking-at-the-trainwreck kind of way), and there actually were people giving this as a reason for Obama’s terrible performance. All I could think was, “One million military spouses just gave lil’ Barack a collective ‘Poor baby.’”

Honestly, lots of couples have to spend an occasional anniversary apart. Heck, given the economy this guy has overseen, you count yourself lucky if your spouse has a job, even if it involves travel on your anniversary. You just celebrate when the traveling spouse comes home. It’s not rocket science — and it’s not a good excuse.

CJ on October 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Yes, the majority of their skits still tend toward skewering conservatives and Republicans, but to give credit where credit is due, they do take some shots at Obama when the target is too obvious to ignore.

No. I won’t. I refuse to accept crumbs and be told I should like it.

I will also remember the bias and act accordingly. Haven’t watched since the Phil Hartman days and never will. Even if they turn into the Conservative Power Hour they will never have my viewership or cash when it comes to DVDs, movies, etc.

kim roy on October 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM

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FlatFoot on October 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

You’ve become a real d!ckhead. My guess is you’ve always been. Why don’t you go over to one of those “important” conservative blogs and get lost?

John the Libertarian on October 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

He’s got a bit of a point and could have been nicer about it, sure.

Would rather see FlatFoot’s topic than yet another half-rotted bone being tossed at us with the expectation we’ll like it. Hopefully, we’ll see more on this Monday. Hopefully.

kim roy on October 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM

they do take some shots at Obama when the target is too obvious to ignore

Bunch of RACISTS!

GarandFan on October 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

In order to be funny you have to pay attention. SNL doesn’t pay much attention. It writes to please its corporate masters, for whom MSNBC is a bit of an embarrassment, but which keeps dim candle of outrage lit in the minds of its few lame-brained viewers. SNL provides low-hanging fruit for an easily pleased audience.

curved space on October 7, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Shocked….It is too rare than anyone in the television game goes against the grain. I might have to give SNL a try again.

Redstone357 on October 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Wipe out MSNBC’s credibility by showing how they’re all shills for Obama.

Liam on October 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

MSNBC’s credibility? What planet did I just land on?

Finbar on October 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I believe that is the first SNL skit I have laughed at in a decade…

(I might have a snicker or two at The Lonely Island/Justin Timberlake stuff)

Wolftech on October 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I have to give my hats off to SNL for an utterly brilliant and funny sketch. They clearly saw that Romney won the debate and how MSNBC is a lopsided network.

Frank T.J Mackey on October 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

I believe that is the first SNL skit I have laughed at in a decade…

Wolftech on October 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Hunt down Ben Affleck portraying Olbermann on SNL too.

roy_batty on October 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM

… to Chris Matthews yelling at the camera like a drunken man-child.

Couldn’t they have just used actual footage of Matthews? I mean, what’s left to parody?

CrustyB on October 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Yup, I like the Freaky Friday (Wednesday?) excuse.

Fleuries on October 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

And for some real fun look up Toonces the driving cat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2×5-38LJ8N4

Fleuries on October 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM

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