Wanted: Comic Who Can Imitate This Candidate

Saturday Night Live auditions for the part of Barack Obama
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 6:31 PM CST
Lorne Michaels, executive producer of NBC's "Saturday Night Live", arrives for the Whitney Gala at the Whitney Museum of American Art in this Oct. 22, 2007, file photo in New York. Saturday Night Live...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The latest indication Barack Obama is one of a kind: Saturday Night Live can’t find an actor to impersonate the Democratic presidential candidate. Show mastermind Lorne Michaels says mimicking any celeb's “mildly irritating” minor tics is crucial to any impersonation. The show, returning Saturday from the writers' strike, could have a new cast member portraying the Illinois senator, the New York Post reports.

The show had previously skirted the issue by nabbing the candidate himself for a Halloween sketch cameo. Keenan Thompson, the only black comedian on SNL, was once considered a shoo-in to portray Obama. But he doesn’t have a lock yet, so if you have the audacity to hope, get on your big ears and buzz cut—and hurry to Rockefeller Center.