Thursday, April 09, 2009

Fred Armisen needs to step up his Obama game

Cold Opening Obama's Business Rulings

Pres. Obama makes some tough business decisions.

Fred Armisen ... Barack Obama

Fred really needs to find some humor in this character. He needs to exagerate the character more. This was mildly amusing, but still a bit dry, mostly because Fred isn't going anywhere with his Obama impression. He's starting to make fun of how Obama's plans edge toward socialism, and they should use that a lot more and take it to higher extremes. They should also make fun of how many of his speeches sound like sermons. Just listing companies was slightly amusing, but the character isn't funny enough to carry the gags.

Fred's impression is slightly amusing, but it is not as hilarious as Sudeikis' Biden (the one where he trashed McCain while saying they were best friends), Tina Fey's Palin, Will Ferrell's George W. Bush, Dana Carvey's Ross Perot and George Bush Sr, Hammond's Bill Clinton, and Poehler's Hilary Clinton. It's almost like Obama is the first president where SNL is too afraid to make fun of him; so instead they just act like him and try to come up with other jokes. Fred Armisen has the mannerisms down, but he needs to be willing to make fun of President Obama. Until that happens, this character just won't compare to the greats.

Come on Fred! Make fun of Obama!!!

What does this have to do with Andy? Nothing!!! Mwahahahaha. Although I do wonder how Andy Samberg's Obama impression would be... Hmmm...

I wonder if they could do a skit where all the SNLers "try out" for the part of Obama (sort of like the skit they did for the Bill Clinton tryouts).


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