Dubya, Kanye Take 'Bromance' to SNL

Also, Bill Hader as Hu Jintao
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2010 11:19 AM CST

(Newser) – The never-ending Kanye-Dubya saga had enough legs to hobble to Saturday Night Live last night, where the newfound BFFS professed their mutual admiration for each other on Weekend Update. George Bush praised "Conway" for introducing him to "the Twister" (Twitter), where his new handle is "NotSoCuriousGeorge." The former prez also pointed out the number of things the two have in common: "We're both rich, right? We're both impulsive. He interrupted Taylor Swift at an awards show. I interrupted how well our country was doing for eight years."

Elsewhere on the show, Bill Hader's turn as Hu Jintao wasn't so much an impression as an artfully executed "spoofy exaggeration," writes Rachel Sklar over at Mediaite. Hader's Hu was over the top in trying to collect an $800 million debt from President Obama (asking to turn the light off, which he likes when "someone is doing the sex to me!). One problem: "I think it's a funny way to do political commentary," Sklar writes, "But I also noticed there were no Asians in it. Until SNL has more diversity on its cast, it will continue to be dogged by these criticisms. Does that mean they shouldn’t run the sketch? No... you can’t keep people in narrow silos on a show like SNL, they’ve got to be able to play anything, and spoof anything. But it does mean that the audience will notice when no one on the cast looks like them." (Read more SNL stories.)

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