Tonight’s SNL premiere is creating buzz. Even election-crazy FOX news is trying to figure out who will play Sarah Palin. (Hint: Palin look-alike Tina Fey is the favorite.) With golden, half-fish Michael Phelps set to host, it’s one of the most anticipated premiers in recent history.

Creating even more hype was the slated cameo by Barack Obama, which he cancelled in the gloomy wake of Hurricane Ike. And rightfully so. Imagine the numerous side-by-sides would have surely appeared: shots of a wide-mouthed Obama hugging SNL cast members nestled next to pictures of a stoic, dirty-tank-topped women holding a broken picture in one hand while the other hand wanders through her greasy hair. As Obama’s staffers said, not canceling would have been “inappropriate.”

Or maybe not.

According to Jonathan Rajala and Trevor Blake, college students who waited in line for 11 hours last night to get tickets for tonight’s premiere, Obama’s team may be reconsidering. While huddled underneath a tree outside NBC studios, one of the season’s new extras emerged from the set to talk with the rain-drenched die hards.

 “The guy was psyched; he was living his dream,” said Blake. After those gathered around began lamenting Obama’s cancellation, the cast member assured them: “I’m not supposed to say a whole lot, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be there.”  

To be fair, the newbie might have just been trying to make himself look important. But he could have been telling the truth. If so, when those photo side-by-sides appear on Monday, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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0 Responses to Obama May Make Surprise SNL Appearance

  1. Don Sparrow says:

    In the end, no Obama, but that cold open was one of the best I’ve seen in years. Not only did Fey look the part, but her Palin impression was pitch perfect. And more than that, the skit was very sharply written. I hope it makes all the pundit shows, these writers and performers have really been paying attention.

    It almost made up for the maladroit Phelps, who is up there with Steven Seagal as one of the worst hosts ever. Sports-related hosts are always a risky move, but sometimes they’re genuinely good (LeBron James, Joe Montana) and other times so bad-it’s-good (Wayne Gretzky, Nancy Kerrigan). Phelps, however, was so bad-it’s-bad. Toward the end of the show he couldn’t get a single line out without fumbling the dialogue. They did their best to work around him, but by the wave goodbye at the end, I was feeling very sorry for him.

  2. Tim says:

    Am I the only one who’s seriously bothered by Amy Poehler’s Hilary Clinton impressions? She doesn’t try to mimic Clinton’s mannerisms or way of speaking at all and just spouts the dialogue she’s been given rapid fire.

    A stark contrast to Fey’s excellent work in the Palin part.

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