SNL Seeks a New Post-Election Obama

Four comedians auditioned, but no pick from Michaels yet
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2008 5:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Lorne Michaels has a tough decision to make, and the fate of Saturday Night Live may depend on it: Who will parody the president-elect? Fred Armisen played Barack Obama during primary season, but the executive producer can’t squeeze 4 years of laughs out of his milquetoast portrayal, writes Jocelyn Guest for the Daily Beast. He auditioned four comedians earlier in the year but has made no decisions. The candidates:

  • Jordan Carlos, Stephen Colbert’s token black friend, who currently does his own parody called “BA-L-ACK Obama”
  • Donald Glover, a writer for 30 Rock and member of the sketch comedy group Derrick.
  • Wyatt Cenac, a Daily Show correspondent who has done a number of Obama sketches on YouTube.
  • Jordan Peele, a longtime cast member of the recently cancelled MadTV, also known for David Alan Grier’s Chocolate News.