SNL Takes on the Vice Presidential DebatesJacob Hall |
Once again, Saturday Night Live has their finger on the pulse of what people are talking about around water coolers all over the nation. Last week's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan has already become the stuff of internet legend, so it was a no-brainer for the cold open this week.
Taran Killam plays Paul Ryan a water guzzling creep and Jason Sudeikis (who also plays Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney) portrays Joe Biden as a loudmouthed weirdo who blasts his own hometown and constantly interrupts his opponent. Debate moderator Martha Raddatz is played by Kate McKinnon, who is allowed to act as the voice of reason in the sketch (her more competent debate performance didn't earn her the skewering that Jim Lehrer received last week).
With only a few Saturdays to go until the presidential election, expect SNL to milk the modern political circus for all its worth in the coming weeks. Much like 'The Daily Show,' SNL is at its best when it sketches reflect vital, real-world events and can actually influence people and change voter's minds. Well, that and there are never any better or easier targets than our nation's politicians.