SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
A head writer laments all the presidential candidates who will go unmocked
by Seth Meyers
If I have any regrets about the strike, it was the timing. An election year is always an exciting time for the show, if for no other reason than cast members are always running up and down the hallways working on their impressions of the many candidates. (Side note: The cast didn't used to run up and down the hallways, but after seeing Studio 60, they started.) Now, with so many candidates fallen by the wayside, those impressions will remain forever unseen.
Both Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader had wonderful yet unique Mitt Romney impressions. Jason had an old-school Romney, pro-gay civil unions and gun control. Bill's was the new Romney with an antigay, big-game-hunter feel. The one major similarity? Both played Romney as a big fan of the Olympics. I regret that neither impression will ever see the screen.
And poor Darrell Hammond. He had mastered his Fred Thompson impression. Making matters worse, ever since Thompson dropped out, Darrell keeps seeing him at commercial auditions. It's awkward.
Will Forte spent the strike refining his John Edwards impression only to see him drop out. Forte now claims the show should reimburse him for the $200 haircut he received to ''prepare for the role,'' although, knowing Forte, it was probably a $20 haircut, with the other $180 funding his comprehensive manscaping project.
But the good news is we still have four candidates, and only Amy Poehler's Hillary has seen the screen before. (Amy also plays Dennis Kucinich, so imagine our relief when he and Hillary weren't the last two standing.) McCain is unclaimed, as is Mike Huckabee. I think Fred Armisen would make a good Huckabee because they have two things in common: Both of them have an easygoing, natural charisma, and neither of them is ever going to be president.
And of course, there is Barack Obama. With each of his inspirational speeches, I begin to think that maybe we are entering a new era in America where the racial restrictions of the past are no longer. Maybe we can truly be whatever we dream to be. And maybe, if this country is ready for a black president, then it's also ready for a white kid from the suburbs of New Hampshire to play him on TV.
Yes, I can.
(Seriously, I got burned on John Kerry.)