SNL’s Debate Send-Up (The Early Edition)

Saturday Night Live—the latest outlet, it seems, to fall victim to the blink-and-you-miss-it speed of the contemporary political news cycle—has initiated Update Thursday, a chance to move beyond its worst-timing-possible-for-news-relevance late-Saturday time slot to mid-week. The show premiered last night, and will broadcast next Thursday and on October 23.

Yesterday’s show featured its send-up of the second presidential debate—and, with no Palin to pick on, the focus of the satire fell on Tom Brokaw.

Discussing the debate’s questions—and in a perfect Brokawian Timbre—SNL’s Chris Parnell declared, “From this enormous list of penetrating, provocative, and insightful questions, I have chosen the eight least interesting.”

And it goes on from there, with a nice little cameo appearance, to boot.


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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.