Brash Biden, Thirsty Ryan Spar on SNL

Vice presidential debate takes turn on hot seat

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2012 9:53 AM CDT

(Newser) Saturday Night Live took aim at a predictable target in its Cold Open last night, again calling upon Jason Sudeikis to do so: In a lively spoof on the vice presidential debate, Sudeikis' Joe Biden bellowed, "Oh, here we go!" and guffawed loudly as Taran Killam's Paul Ryan spoke. As the pair sparred and Killam chugged copious amounts of water, Kate McKinnon's Martha Raddatz laid down the law, asking at one point, "Do I sound like Jim Lehrer? Do I look like Jim Lehrer? Then don't try to f*** me like I'm Jim Lehrer." Other one-liners:

  • Sudeikis on Biden's native Scranton: "If you went to the lowest circle of Hell, you'd still be 45 minutes outside Scranton. It's the single worst place on Earth."
  • Sudeikis on his toughness: "When the Amtrak breaks down on my morning commute, I strip down to my tighty-whities, and I push that bitch all the way to Washington."
  • Killam when McKinnon asks if he can be specific about his economic plan: "No. But let me say it again—with hand gestures."

Jason Sudeikis and Taran Killam faced off on SNL's spoof on the vice presidential debate.
Jason Sudeikis and Taran Killam faced off on SNL's spoof on the vice presidential debate.   (Hulu)
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Joe Biden and Paul Ryan duke it out on Saturday Night Live's Cold Open.   (NBC)
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Christina Applegate guest hosted, opening with a tribute to the pre-holiday season.   (Hulu)
Inside Book T Washington's Hell-oween Bash.   (Hulu)
"Weekend Update," and a bunch of stuff.   (Hulu)

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