When John McCain announced that Sarah Palin would be his running mate in the 2008 election, the news struck a chord with arch conservatives — and fans of NBC’s comedy lineup. Even casual viewers immediately noticed that Palin bore a striking resemblance to 30 Rock star Tina Fey, kicking off speculation that Fey would return to her old SNL stomping grounds in order to play Palin onscreen. The rest, as they say, is history, “I can see Russia from my house!”-style.
But when Mitt Romney announced his own running mate this past Saturday, the news didn’t send comedy nerds into a similar frenzy. Much like Palin, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is a young, good looking politician with bright, twinkly eyes and an aggressive reputation — but unfortunately, he isn’t a dead ringer for anyone affiliated with SNL. Then again, looks aren’t everything: Chevy Chase didn’t even bother donning a bald cap when he skewered Gerald Ford in 1975, but his impression became the stuff of legend anyway.
So, keeping that in mind, who should get the chance to flank Jason Sudeikis’s robotic Romney when Saturday Night Live returns in September? (Provided Sudeikis does return to the show, of course.) READ FULL STORY