Uh oh. Saturday Night Live has had quite a run, through the Presidential primaries, and up to the election. Some of their best stuff in years included spoofs of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. And while many have pondered where political comedy is going to go with the election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, we're starting to get a taste. And try as they might, they may have a very hard time making Obama, and--especially--Biden funny.
With Obama, they have a good impressionist (Fred Armisen), and he does a good job, as long as the premise is right, and he has another character to play off of. But Jason Sudekis (who's versitile and very funny) hasn't got alot to work with in Biden. Sure Biden makes gaffes--he's legendary for it--but they are more a Weekend Update commentary kind of funny, not an impression kind of funny. Don't believe me? Watch the opening skit. . .
On the other hand, this episode as a whole was funnier than most, with Paul Rudd as the host. There was an unusual amount of gay humor, but Rudd never seems to have a problem with that, and good for him. Here are a couple of those sketches, which were pretty darned funny, if a little odd. . .