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SNL Takes on Burris, Blago AND Rachel Maddow

"Saturday Night Live" keeps up its political theme with a skit flaying sort of senator Roland Burris and Pay-Rod -- with a nod to Rachel Maddow.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2009; 11:38 AM ET
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If Rachel Maddow is homosexual, she is not open about it. She claimed, on Olbermann, that Fox called her do be an "expert" on the topic, and she thought it was so incredulous she could only laugh. Personally, I find her quite charming, and though her news is much the same as Countdown, she approaches it in a different way, and I try never to miss the show. She tries to bring a little bright spot in all the dismal news.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | January 13, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Where's Waldo-esque clip with Chris Cillizza and Rachel Maddow with Sarah Palin in the background back in July...

See if you can see Gov. Palin...

Posted by: Corey_NY | January 12, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

With the super-funny material from Maddow, Burris and Blagojevich, you'd imagine it would have been more funny.

Not quite as good the report that Chris Cillizza and Rachel Maddow had going...

Watch for yourselves:

Posted by: Corey_NY | January 12, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy that this wasn't a satire of the wonderful Rachel Maddow. I believe it was a respectful impersonation. The humor was intended to come from the portrayal of Burris and Blago.

Alas, after SNL's heyday in the 1970s, the writers have often forgotten the Comedy Rule of 3: joke, joke, joke, DONE, get outta there. This Burris segment was another example of running a joke into the ground. We got it - move on. The Blago bit, in comparison, was short and to-the-point.

As for the lesbian jokes, I think they were intended to reflect on Blago's crudeness, while sneakily saying what many people are privately thinking about Rachel.

Posted by: dognabbit | January 12, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

No need for much comment. This is an example of sophomoric humor in immensely
bad taste.

Posted by: 85thstposter | January 12, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

God, what a lame effort that sketch was. These folks really are aiming for an audience of gormless children, aren't they?

Posted by: Krunj | January 12, 2009 4:51 AM | Report abuse

I agree, that wasn't satire, that was reality.

Posted by: PunkToad | January 11, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

They are probably trying to lure Rachel Maddow on to the show, since she is NYC everyday anyway (lives in MA)--I don't know how successful they will be- she has a great sense of humor about herself but all the lesbian jokes were a little over the top.

Posted by: nycLeon | January 11, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Seems aimed at a young audience. Having said that, and meant it as criticism, I add the following:
I am 65, but I was tickled by Aasif Mondvi ranting about Gupta on "The Daily Show".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 11, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't exactly call that satire, but cheap frat-boy jokes repeated over and over. Not a fan of Seth Meyers and his direction for SNL.

Guess this might help the guest booking staff at The Rachel Maddow Show.

What did you think, Chris?

Posted by: Corey_NY | January 11, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I really wish if NBC is going to bar non-Americans from viewing their videos that there would be some other place to do it.

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 11, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

SNL hasn't been funny since Chevy Chase left.

This is no exception.

Posted by: Canonera | January 11, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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