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post #1 of 389 Old 09-13-2012, 02:43 PM - Thread Starter
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Premeres September 13. Host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean.

Gone: Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, and Abby Elliott.

New castmembers Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, and Tim Robinson.

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'SNL': Jay Pharoah replacing Fred Armisen as Obama

Tim Molloy
Reuters
1:44 p.m. CDT, September 13, 2012

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - "Saturday Night Live" impersonator extraordinaire Jay Pharoah is taking on the role of President Obama this season, replacing Fred Armisen, who has played Obama since the last election.

Armisen's impersonation, while good, drew some raised eyebrows because Armisen is of Venezuelan, German and Japanese descent, while the president is primarily of Kenyan and English heritage. Pharoah, who is African-American, has stood out on "SNL" with impeccable impersonations of Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, and others. ("SNL" tends not to worry too much about the race of its impersonators: Darrell Hammond used to play Jesse Jackson.)

"Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own," show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels told The New York Times. "I just thought it might be time to shake it up."

Michaels added that as a 10-year-veteran of the show, Armisen, who also stars on IFC's "Portlandia," is "the backbone of the show now."

The Times scored the Pharoah news in a particularly revealing interview with Michaels, one that also revealed Jason Sudeikis, who plays Mitt Romney, will stay with the show at least until January.

"SNL" returns for its 38th season Saturday, with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane hosting and musical guest Frank Ocean. One of Pharoah's impressions is of "Family Guy" character Stewie Griffin. We'll see if he gets to put it to use.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-rt-us-snl-obamabre88c18j-20120913,0,2167274.story

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Cool! Looking forward to the season premier myself.

Could we keep the old thread, just rename the thread title? The old thread has a lot of views and postings.

''Saturday Night Live' 2011-2012 Season - On NBC HD'
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1371519/saturday-night-live-2011-2012-season-on-nbc-hd
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I saw Jay do his impression on Letterman a few years ago. It's really good. Jay's problem is that outside of doing the actual voice, he's not very good.

Happy to hear that Sudeikis is back, but this thread reminded me Andy and Lonely Island are gone. That's depressing.
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I saw Jay do his impression on Letterman a few years ago. It's really good. Jay's problem is that outside of doing the actual voice, he's not very good.
Happy to hear that Sudeikis is back, but this thread reminded me Andy and Lonely Island are gone. That's depressing.

I know, I wonder how it will change the show. I assume that digital shorts will be gone now. I wonder what else those guys wrote though.
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Sorry to see Abby gone. I thought she was finally coming into her own. Maybe she can find a sitcom.

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Proof positive that Mayer knows how to play a guitar.
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I thought it was a great start to the new season! Macfarlane is certainly a great entertainer and it was fun watching him transition between the different Family Guy characters in the monologue. I was quite impressed with Pharaoh's Obama impression.

All the skits worked well, but I think I got the biggest laugh out of the Steve Harvey skit and the Amish infomercial smile.gif

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Was a really good season premiere! I think people are too hard on SNL, but this one should please even the harsh critics.
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Two of my favorites are gone, but there was no drop in quality. Really solid season opener. And a reminder to fans that for the next two Thursdays they're going to be doing election specials in prime time. SNL always seems to shine during presidential election years. Last night's political bits were really good.
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TREMENDOUS!

I thought the puppet skit was hilarious. The Keenan ad where Bain kept buying the companies he worked for so they could put him out of a job was hilarious. I loved the one skit Nasim was in with McFarlane late in the show at the restaurant. Great jokes from Weekend Update (loved the Honey Boo Boo bit, with subtitles). The marine drill sergeant bit was terrific as well. Hader was great as usual, and while Sudeikis didn't have an awful lot to do he was terrific. Moynahan and Thompson have really developed, as has Vanessa Bayer.

Every skit worked, even the PSY bit which was relatively weak compared to the rest! I've got to watch it again, because I was really really laughing.

Most credit goes to McFarlane, who is genuinely funny and quick. And the writing for this opening show was stellar.

The loss of many old cast members doesn't seem to have hurt.

What a pleasant surprise.
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I really enjoyed the season premiere. LOVED the puppet skit and the Steve Harvey skit. Weekend Update was also really funny.

The only thing I didn't get was all the hype surrounding Frank Ocean. I didn't like either song at all.
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I really enjoyed the season premiere. LOVED the puppet skit and the Steve Harvey skit. Weekend Update was also really funny.
The only thing I didn't get was all the hype surrounding Frank Ocean. I didn't like either song at all.

Totally agree I thought it was one of the best SNL shows I've seen in a while.
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Saw the opening sketch again where Jason Sudeikis looks like Mitt Romney but he acted IMHO like Joe Biden. Especially when he asked a guy with no arms for a high-five. If he was in a wheelchair would he have asked him to stand up? biggrin.gif

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Saw the opening sketch again where Jason Sudeikis looks like Mitt Romney but he acted IMHO like Joe Biden. Especially when he asked a guy with no arms for a high-five. If he was in a wheelchair would he have asked him to stand up? biggrin.gif
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You obviously haven't been watching Romney lately. They were ripping on stuff he's recently done.
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I don't know why they're concerned about having Sudeikis play both Biden and Romney.  In 1992 Dana Carvey played both Ross Perot and George H. W. Bush, and in one sketch where both appeared, he pretaped the Perot part and did Bush live opposite Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton.
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I don't know why they're concerned about having Sudeikis play both Biden and Romney.  In 1992 Dana Carvey played both Ross Perot and George H. W. Bush, and in one sketch where both appeared, he pretaped the Perot part and did Bush live opposite Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton.
I remember that one, and it was hilarious! Although, I think at that time it was still Hartman doing Clinton.

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I think at that time it was still Hartman doing Clinton.
You're probably right.
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Actually, with a bit of google-fu, I found the video on NBC's website:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bush-clinton-perot-debate-cold-opening/1357830

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I don't know Frank Ocean's music, but that first song was pretty good. Haven't listened to the 2nd yet. Great guitar work by John Mayer on the first song.

Bill Hader was amazing in the puppet sketch. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Seth McFarlane, but damn did he deliver a great show. The Romney commercial with Keenan is one of the funniest political bits they've ever done.
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I can't get enough of Fred Armisen's woefully useless Roger Brush character.

"What!? I can't hear you! You need to speak up!"
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Bill Hader was amazing in the puppet sketch. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Seth McFarlane, but damn did he deliver a great show. The Romney commercial with Keenan is one of the funniest political bits they've ever done.

Don't care for Hader and never did, but I agree with the rest of your post. McFarlane was on fire, and Keenan's repeated layoffs, especially from the shoe-shine stand that Romney sent to China, had me in stitches. I haven't laughed that hard in months.
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loved it. great show.

my oh my is seth mcfarlane talented. he could easily fit into this cast or have his own show.

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lmy oh my is seth mcfarlane talented. he could easily fit into this cast or have his own show.
Seth MacFarlane having his own show?  The only thing scarier would be his having three of them, all on the same network on the same night of the week.
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Bill Hader was amazing in the puppet sketch. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Seth McFarlane, but damn did he deliver a great show. The Romney commercial with Keenan is one of the funniest political bits they've ever done.

Don't care for Hader and never did, but I agree with the rest of your post. McFarlane was on fire, and Keenan's repeated layoffs, especially from the shoe-shine stand that Romney sent to China, had me in stitches. I haven't laughed that hard in months.

I think Bill Hader is the best thing going on SNL these days.
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Agreed. Hader is so damn good.
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Agreed. Hader is so damn good.

he was great in that puppet skit.

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One of my favorite lines was when Obama introduces the anti-Mitt campaign ad with: "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message...but I'm not real proud of it."
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