Monday, November 14, 2011

Brain Freeze

Governor Rick Perry's debate meltdown last week -- wherein he simply could not bring himself to remember which government agency he'd eliminate as president -- carried a shockwave so destructive to his candidacy that it actually travelled back in time and retroactively dubbed Howard Dean's yell from '04 as his "Rick Perry Moment."  Pretty much as soon as the Perry flub occurred, I think all eyes immediately turned towards Saturday Night Live to see how the veteran sketchcom would make sport of it, and they didn't disappoint this past weekend.

The Republican primary process this go-round has been especially bountiful for the show, gifting its writers with a prefab cadre of caricatures who've already done most of the heavy lifting comedy-wise before they even arrive at the scene, and the "oops" heard 'round the world helped make for an all-time great in the already-impressive canon of SNL debate parodies. My favorite bit comes when, after several uncomfortable seconds of Bill Hader's Perry flailing and fumbling, Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney pleads with the moderators to ease off: "I want to be president, but not like this."

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