There is no shortage of political fodder for comedians in 2008. The campaign season took off with Stephen Colbert's Doritos-sponsored run for president. When his presidential dreams were broken into shards of bottom-of-the-bag chips, we turned to the feisty Democratic primary. The fightin' socialists!
During the 500 or so debates, our gossip-mongering eyes studied Hillary's glances to Barack, at one turn with the adoration of a schoolgirl and another with a readiness to bite into his soul. The love-hate relationship found its way into a spoof of the Sarah Silverman-Matt Damon video in "I'm F*cking Obama".
A quiet Summer brought a folksy Fall when Sarah Palin, literally, took the stage. Her interview with Katie Couric was spoofed on SNL; her life turned into a faux Disney movie complete with a real-life trailer; and her quote about "real America" was refuted in Jon Stewart's defense of fake America. But 18 days before the election, John McCain and Barack Obama got together and roasted each other, acknowledging in person the campaign headlines swarming above.
So those are our favorite Lighten Ups — what's yours? Haven't got one? Fear not because we'll be looking back at the biggest and bestest news from 2008 right into 2009.