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October 9, 2015


'SNL's' Presidential Reunion Video Hits Funny or Die

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 8:45PM
Nearly 30 years of one of American television's most storied and beloved traditions (i.e. portraying our presidents as moronic simpletons whose inability to tie their own shoes could send the country to Defcon 3) came to a glorious fountain of awesomeness at Funnyordie.com.

The website premiered a new public service announcement on federal finance laws directed by Ron Howard in the form of a very funny "Presidential Reunion" sketch that features the likes of Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd and even Chevy Chase reviving their classic impressions of former presidents including (respectively) George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter and (the most hilarious in my opinion) Gerald Ford who come together to help the beleaguered Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. Jim Carrey also stepped in the room to play Ronald Reagan probably because Randy Quaid is nuttier than a Payday bar these days.

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Barack Obama's Presidential addresses ... who loves ya, baby?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 24th 2009 9:04AM
President Barack Obama

The networks have been getting their collective panties in a bunch over Barack Obama's need to go on television every time gravity starts to effect the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

They claim it not only screws up their schedule, but it also costs them millions in advertising revenue. Normally, I'd say that anything that keeps more advertising from pouring out of my TV and infecting my eyeballs with its sludge of persuasion (brought to you by the makers of the Gelatin of Ignorance and the Gas of Shame) is a good thing, but they do have a point.

And unlike most TV talking heads, past and current White House Chiefs of Staff or people who donated half of their brain to science (that last one may be a redundancy), there are two sides to every story. So here's a breakdown of the lovers and the haters of the Barack Obama TV brewhaha.

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Will Ferrell's Broadway Bush - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 15th 2009 11:09AM
Bush FerrellWho knew this was George W. Bush in reflection week? I must have missed the memo. But when I tuned in to watch the HBO debut of Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America, his take on President Bush since the end of this presidency, I couldn't help but recall that just a couple of days ago on Hard Ball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was going at Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer hammer and tongs as Fleischer defended his old boss.

Don't these post-mortems usually take a few years to take place? But this post isn't about politics. It's about Will Ferrell, and my thoughts are mainly about Ferrell's show, which has a certain raunchy charm, which apparently offended quite a few people when it played on Broadway. All the raunch is still in place in the HBO version, so if you're curious about Bush's little George (allegedly), check it out.

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The Daily Show: May 10, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted May 11th 2007 1:52AM
Jon Stewart"Mess O' Potomac": Bush delivered an interesting little speech to the Associated General Contractors of America, and it raised a few eyebrows. Baghdad Bureau Chief Aasif Mandvi talked about Bush's views and expectations of Iraq. That Baltimore line was brilliant. It's funny because it's true!... and really scary! I recently moved to Baltimore, so I've looked up all the crazy statistics. Did you know that the city's murder rate is five times that of New York City? Yeah. Cue "The More You Know" star.

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The Daily Show: January 22, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 23rd 2007 4:35PM
Jon StewartWith the aid of Roget's monosaurus (ha!), Bush has prepared yet another stirring State of the Union! That montage of the president's past addresses was amazing. And by "amazing", I mean "kind of depressing".

Senior Political Analyst Jason Jones talked about what Bush meant about the average American's sacrifice: peace of mind. When that robot unexpectedly turned around and started talking, I was surprised that Jones didn't know what to do. The Daily Show should hold improv workshopping for all of their correspondents, heh.

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The Daily Show: April 5, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 10th 2006 8:14AM
TDSThis was a special topic-specific episode, entitled "Race: The Afrospanicindioasianization Of America" (and yes, Jon did stumble over the name). "Evolution Schmevolution", their last topic-specific series, was somewhat disappointing, so I wasn't expecting much from this episode. And I'm glad I didn't. I guess some of the correspondents wanted to take a vacation or something because there weren't any of them on live (just Jon and Resident Expert John Hodgman).

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The Daily Show: March 16, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 17th 2006 7:10PM
The Daily ShowJon Stewart started off by announcing that Congress has raised America's limit of debt to a whopping $9 trillion. "Are you getting an 'F'? Don't study harder! Just make the grading scale go to a 'K'!"

March 19 will mark the 3 year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first year anniversary was paper, the second anniversary was (we were hoping for) oil, and the third year anniversary will be Operation Swarmer, the largest air assault since Shock and Awe. Happy anniversary! "It's our way of telling Iraq we would do it all over again..."

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The Daily Show: March 7, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 8th 2006 4:19PM
Jon StewartJon's back on from his Oscars gig. Oh, Jon, how we've missed thee. After putting down his Hollywood sunglasses, cellphone, and Blackberry, Jon talked about the mixed reviews over his performance ("I sucked... and was great!"). He's usually pretty hard on himself (I remember him uttering, "I am a loser" after one of his jokes during the Oscars) so it was good to hear that Jon said that he had a great time. Audience may or may not have enjoyed his performance as host... it all depended on which cutaways you saw (Jamie Foxx laughed it up, Joaquin Phoenix offered nothing but cold stares). Well, for what it's worth, I thought Jon did a fantastic job with what he had. I really loved the "attack ads" that Stephen Colbert voiced. Jon even showed another attack ad that they pulled at the last minute about monkeys in the biz, out of fear of an uprising resulting in a Planet of the Apes world. It's practical thinking.

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