Tonight’s Saturday Night Live opened with a spoof of this past week’s second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney, mocking both candidates for their overly aggressive attitude towards one another, the stereotypically Italian and Jewish Long Islanders who asked questions, and the fact-checking moderator Candy Crowley.
Jay Pharoah‘s Obama and Jason Sudeikis‘ Romney nearly came to blows on several occasions. At one point, Romney tried to slap the microphone out of Obama’s hands mid-answer; at another moment, Obama gave his opponent the middle finger.
“Let me at him, Dad,” an angry Tagg Romney interrupted when Obama’s crap-talking became too much.
SNL also relentlessly mocked the Long Islanders who asked questions during the debate, hitting their Italian and Jewish accents, oversimplified questions, and loud-mouthed attitudes. And take it from this native Long Islander: the parody was not far from true.
Tom Hanks made a cameo as the questioner who famously declared that he’s from Mineola, before asking a basic question about the administration’s Benghazi response. “This question will blow your mind,” he said. “Libya?”
The late-night show also spoofed moderator Crowley as a know-it-all who constantly interrupted to fact-check even the most minor points the two candidates made during the debate.
Watch below, via NBC:
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