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Sunday
Apr142013

SNL Spoofs Senate's Work On Gun Control

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Days after the Senate cleared a significant hurdle in the debate on new gun measures, Saturday Night Live took aim at the Senate’s work on gun control in its cold open sketch last night, spoofing the Senate’s cloture vote on guns and the Manchin-Toomey background check deal reached this week.

"This week The Senate voted 68 to 31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control," the President Obama character, who is played by Jay Pharaoh, said of the Senate’s cloture vote Thursday. "Let me say that again. They've agreed to think about talking about gun control."

Obama then called on Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., played by Jason Sudeikis, and Pat Toomey, R-Penn., portrayed by Bill Hader, to join him on stage to tout the background check deal they brokered this week.

"These men risked everything for this bill," he said. "I mean, Senator Manchin represents West Virginia and he's proposing gun reform? He's gonna lose his job. And Senator Toomey, this man is a Republican who is willing to make just the slightest compromise on gun control? He's going to lose his job too."

"If our bill passes, no individual can purchase a handgun from a private dealer without being asked, 'Are you a good person?' as well as the follow-up question, 'Seriously, are you?'" the Toomey character said.

"Is this bill what we wanted? No," the Manchin character said. "Is it what the NRA wanted? No.  But does it at least help in some small way? No. Probably not."

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Mitt Romney Says "SNL" Gig 'Sounds Like a Lot of Fun'

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(BOSTON) -- If the producers of Saturday Night Live want Mitt Romney to appear on their show, he has but one request -- it better be funny.

In an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Romney denied he had already been approached to appear on the show, but said he thought a gig on the sketch show sounded "like a lot of fun."

Romney said he was still deciding whether to appear on SNL, which almost weekly skewers the presumptive GOP nominee.

"I haven't made a decision on that, just heard about it," he told Sawyer on Monday when asked about the show's invite.  "Of course it would depend on the nature of the skit.  I want it to be funny."

Romney said he enjoys SNL comedian Jason Sudeikis' slick-haired impersonation of him and even sets his DVR to record it.

"He's very good, Jason's very good," Romney said of the SNL veteran.

Sudeikis has portrayed Romney since last summer, interpreting the former Massachusetts governor as buttoned up and stiff.  In one sketch, Romney promises to go "raw and unleashed" and then just opens the button of his suit jacket.

Romney is not opposed to some good natured self mockery.  Last December, he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, introducing himself during a Top Ten List with the phrase: "What's up, gangstas?  It's the M-I-double tizzle."

Romney, known in his family as a practical joker, dodged Sawyer's question as to whether he believed he was funnier than President Obama.

"I have no idea how funny he is in real life," Romney said of the president.

Romney said he honed his sense of humor around the dinner table with his five sons.

"Most of our dinner table events were involving humor of one kind or another, most of which can't be repeated on the air," he said.

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