Monday, November 24, 2008


I have no clue what goes into the decision-making at 'Saturday Night Live', as to which sketches get picked, which get dumped, which get front-loaded into the show, and which are banished to the wastelands after the "Weekend News Update".

But this week there was a really confusing choice made. They opened the show (hosted by Tim McGraw with musical guests Ludacris and T-Payne) with the Big Three automaker CEOs appearing before Congress. It's was a pretty blerg opening.

And yet, to be found on the web at, there was a sketch in which Andy Samberg did a great take on Rahm Emmanuel, showcasing the reputed anger of the Chief-of-Staff Designate for the Obama White House. Personally, I was pleased that he threatened to strip Lieberman naked and force him to walk home to Connecticut. But the funniest bit is when he turned on one of his cameramen and bullied him as well.

I think Samberg's going to have a long run in playing this tele-version of Rahm Emmanuel!

Lorne Michaels really should have used this sketch to open the show. I'm thinking TV Squad - an excellent blog for TV news and op-ed - was right with their guess that they just couldn't take the chance that the control booth could stay on top of Samberg's cursing as Emmanuel.

Hopefully, they'll be able to work out such logistical kinks soon so that the Rahm Emmanuel of Skitlandia can resurface.

Toby O'B

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