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SNL's Lorne Michaels Has Politics on the Brain

SNL's Lorne Michaels Has Politics on the Brain

While Buzz attends the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Hollywood, she's been passing on all things political. Just yesterday, she got inches away from Keith Olbermann (who is "surprisingly very attractive" in person) and on Sunday she took an inside look at Saturday Night Live, which is gearing up for an intense election season schedule, including a Thursday night edition of Weekend Update.

Buzz got the scoop on whether Lorne Michaels, executive producer and co-creator of SNL, finds certain politicians funnier than others. Here's what he had to say:

Who is funnier: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or John McCain?
Avoiding the question, "Our job isn't to get too close. . . . We were accused of just pounding Hillary Clinton at the beginning of the season and then we were accused of being just totally for [her] — so it shifts week to week. But I can tell you that whoever's in power, we're suspicious of."

To find out more, including whether SNL will miss President Bush,


From a satirical perspective, will SNL miss the Bush administration?
"No. About two years ago it became apparent that it was harder and harder to do anything about the president on the show. There was nothing you could be telling the audience that they weren't more than familiar with. I think that when this campaign started it was both a breath of fresh air and the country totally welcomed it in the sense that there was going to be change."

Why do people have so much trouble making fun of Obama:
"I think he's still defining himself, and he is primarily cast as heroic, which is, I think, what he is. But sooner or later, everyone does something to irritate us. And as it becomes more and more familiar, you just sort of find where the take is that everyone agrees on. I was watching Obama overseas earlier today, and you see — it's still being done very cautiously and very reverently. It might stay that way until November but maybe it won't."


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True-Song True-Song 8 years
I'm sorry. I can see how that would come across. Being a democrat would be pretty much good enough reason for me, but the rest are reasons I could see why other people might vote for him (that are not terribly significant). Describing someone as a young, attractive, eloquent, black Christian isn't a political love letter from me. My dreamy list would read more like, well educated, candid, pro-labor, atheist. Not saying eloquent and attractive don't do anything for me, of course. Basically, I still don't get it. Do you mean people are voting for him just because he's black? Is that what you mean when you say " who he is, not what he says or has accomplished"?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Sigh. You're right, this is obviously going nowhere. It appears your last post should be spritzed with perfume and sealed with a kiss in your favorite color lipstick.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I'm really not sure what you're getting at. Because he's black? Because he's a democrat? Because he's a devout Christian? Because he's very eloquent? Because he's young and attractive? I'm not trying to be argumentative, I guess those are all things you could know about him without having heard him say anything or without knowing anything about his life and accomplishments.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"How is who he is a separate thing from what he says or has accomplished?" You really don't get what I am saying?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
How is who he is a separate thing from what he says or has accomplished? I feel like we're about to be talking in circles and throwing out "hero" definitions from various dictionaries. It seems clear you're not his biggest fan, but that doesn't mean other people don't look up to him, admire his accomplishments, and find him heroic. "What has he possibly done that would qualify as heroic? (eye roll picture)" The man is the Democratic nominee for the presidency and you can't see at all how one could see qualities of a hero in him? George Bush is maybe my least favorite person on the planet and I can still see why some people might see those qualities in him. I had assumed you were being hyperbolical...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And that is the opposite of heroic in my book.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
How is that heroic? Seriously. And some people are voting for him strictly because who he is, not what he says or has accomplished (snicker).
True-Song True-Song 8 years
'If you are talking about the primaries, then Hillary could get just as much credit for that turnout. " So? It's still amazing, even if all the credit doesn't go to one person. Point is, a lot of people came out to vote for the very first time in their life because they felt inspired by him. Regardless of who you support, that is exciting, impressive, and I think it's heroic.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Inspired people to vote? There hasn't been an election yet. If you are talking about the primaries, then Hillary could get just as much credit for that turnout. People being hyped and people actually getting out to vote are two entirely different things. And I have to say, he has inspired people on both sides to vote. There are people going to vote strictly to do so against BO. And obviously you and I have entirely different qualifications for a person to earn the title of hero.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
"Obama is heroic? What has he possibly done that would qualify as heroic?" He's inspired a lot of people to vote and pay attention for one thing.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Obama is heroic? What has he possibly done that would qualify as heroic? :oy: Oh, duh, he can tame a wild unicorn with his eyes.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
SNL and politics, a great combination! If you like to eat a five course meal of feces.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Weekend Update is the best part of the show! Glad to see more of it.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
Barry Dunham Soetoro Obama isn't funny because everything is personal to him. If you ask to see his birth certificate verifying where he was born, he accuses you of being racist. If you ask why his step-father listed him as "Barry Soetoro, Indonesian Citizen, Islam Religion" when he registered him for Primary School (two separate times), he accuses you of being a racist. If you ask him if his legal name is Obama, he accuses you of being a racist. If you don't mention his skin color (medium brown, not black) he accuses you of being a racist. If you mention that his skin color is medium brown and not black, he accuses you of being racist. Barry Dunham Soetoro Obama will need to lighten up before anyone can make jokes about him. And if he should perchance win the Presidency, SNL and other comedy routines will be banned from making jokes about Barry Dunham Soetoro Obama, the 12th Caliphate.
syako syako 8 years
Hello America. It's me your president, your commander in chief of the world.
syako syako 8 years
great picture of the cast. I :love: Andy Samberg Duh, read the whole thing and you know who Lorne is voting for. Surprise Surprise. Someone else in Hollywood... Although, if he's being honest, I do like the quote: "But I can tell you that whoever's in power, we're suspicious of." And as far as the Bush jokes go, once Will Ferrell was gone, it was over. He was flawless as the President. No one else even compared to his impersonations...
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