“Saturday Night Live” spoofed last Wednesday’s presidential debate at least three times this weekend, including an appearance by the TV performer who is suddenly the hottest name in show business — Big Bird.
The over-sized, non-flying yellow fowl from “Sesame Street” turned up during “SNL’s” “Weekend Update” Saturday night on NBC to give his (or is it her?) take on the debate and Mitt Romney’s feather-ruffling comment that he would cut funding to PBS.
The charming thing about this Big Bird appearance: We’re pretty sure this was the real character from the “Sesame Street” studios (also in Manhattan), and not just an “SNL” version featuring one of the show’s regular players in a Big Bird costume. So it was hilarious to watch Seth Meyers interviewing the real Big Bird, who answered in Big Bird’s distinctive, childlike voice.
Big Bird’s appearance on “SNL” was the highlight making all the headlines on the morning after the show. Satire stemming from last week’s debate was not the only hot topic on the show, however. The guest-host was James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, who got plenty of opportunities to poke fun at his own action-movie persona. We’ll get to him in a moment, but first:
Last week’s debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama formed the basis for “SNL’s” opening segment, as Jason Sudeikis and Jay Pharoah played Romney and Obama, respectively. And former “SNL” regular Chris Parnell turned up to play the moderator, Jim Lehrer. As you might expect, the debate spoof touched on the President’s sometimes rambling answers, Romney’s intensity, and Lehrer’s handling of the two debaters.
One bit we liked on “SNL” was this spoof commercial for a boxed set of James Bond DVDs, featuring some iconic “Bond girls” you may not have remembered from past Bond movies — and Daniel Craig. Among them: “Diane Keaton” (Vanessa Bayer) in “Never Die Twice Tomorrow,” “Jodie Foster” (Kate McKinnon) in “Kill Me Once, Shame on You,” and “Lea Michele” (Nasim Pedrad) in “Hippopotopussy.”
In the third sketch to take aim at the Obama-Romney debate, the crestfallen reaction at liberal MSNBC over the President’s disappointing performance was dramatized in a bit called “MSNBC Special Report: Three Days Later: A Look Back at the Obama Debate Disaster.” Kenan Thompson was masterful, as usual, as a clueless Al Sharpton, but Jason Sudeikis as a ranting Chris Matthews was even better.
“SNL” also turned its attention to a TV personality overdue for a satire. No, they’ve already done Honey Boo Boo. On this week’s show, it was Theresa Caputo’s turn, the “Long Island Medium” (also seen on the Honey Boo Boo channel, TLC), in a sketch that starred Kate McKinnon as Caputo (in a striking Caputo wig) and Daniel Craig as her put-upon husband, Larry. This was great.