Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!
After a couple of months of hiatus, the live skit show is back on the air. There has been lots of conversation about who would be Saturday Night Live's Obama impersonator. Well, the wait is over and the first skit on tonight's show was focused on a Democratic debate between Obama and Clinton. This was the first time Obama has been impersonated on the show, the only other time was when Obama himself opened the show. The skit exaggerated the love that America has for Obama by making almost all of the questions relative to Obama and few, if any, about Clinton. All the panelist were overly obsessed with Obama, one even labeled as an "Obama stalker". They also used the phrases "Obamaniac" and "Barack Attack" which was quite funny. Amber Lee Ettinger, Obama Girl, even showed up to Obama question.
But the true question is, who was impersonating Obama? It seems that it is not going to be a new face, but will be Fred Armison who is a regular cast member on SNL. It seems ironic that he has also played Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Many also say that SNL needs more black cast members and this would have been a great chance to add a new one. I assume that Armison beat out all the competitors. In his first appearance he seemed a bit stiff and didn't say much, but did sound very similar to Obama and definitely gesticulated a bit but not as much as Obama.
"They auditioned Mad TV's Jordan Peele, 30 Rock writer Donald Glover, and comedian Jordan Carlos, best known as "Stephen Colbert's Black Friend.""Steve Martin showed up, as did Mike Huckabee and Tina Fey hosted the show.