Election season is a gold mine for comedy writers — or it should be, anyway. But funny folks from both Saturday Night Live and The Onion fretted to The Daily Beast that this election cycle might be a wash. Why? Mitt Romney is just too ho-hum to make hahas. (Sorry. I couldn't resist.)
Will Tracy, editor of The Onion, told the Beast the paper is "fighting against a certain amount of disinterest in him as a human being," adding a joke that Romney had the very same problem himself. However, Tracy was optimistic that "anyone who sleeps upon a massive pile of crisp $100 bills every night, as I've been assured he does, is bound to yield a few interesting stories."
Clean-cut bro Jason Sudeikis has been put to good use on SNL as Mitt Romney upon occasion; Seth Meyers has cracked a few "robot" jokes in Weekend Update. Yet Sudeikis told the Los Angeles Times this week that he's still considering leaving the show. (Rumor had it several months ago that both Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig were leaving, but on SNL's season finale, only Wiig's departure was celebrated.) Staying on SNL just to portray Romney "is not enough," Sudeikis explained. "I'd like the opportunity to use creative muscles that … haven't been asked of me for the first nine years that I've worked there." Can you blame him for insinuating Mitt Romney impersonations would not flex those muscles?
Fred Armisen's Barack Obama impersonation has never been lauded as particularly spot-on, let alone humorous, in the way Tina Fey as Sarah Palin or Will Ferrell as George W. Bush did. The word that comes to mind for both Obama and Romney is "sober." Perhaps there is some missing X-factor for humor? Hopefully in Romney's case, it's the same X-factor that fails to connect with voters.