Is it Time for SNL to Hire a New Obama Impersonator?

Nov 25, 2008 8:42pm

Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen has taken a lot of guff for his Barack Obama impersonation.

Critics have said it’s not accurate or funny. Even President-elect Obama disparaged it in an interview, saying "compared to Tina Fey and what she’s doing with Gov. Palin, my imitator isn’t doing as great of a job."

Following the lead of Andrew Sullivan, Anovelista, and other bloggers, my former colleague Ta-nehisi Coates weighs in in favor of Obama impersonateor Iman Crosson, writing that "you don’t have to be black to do a good impersonation of a black dude. I like Darrell Hammond’s Jesse Jackson a lot more than Keenan Thompson’s Al Sharpton–but you do have to be good. Andrew nominated this cat (Iman Crosson) awhile back."

Some other takes include this one, which purports to be a stoned Obama at Occidental College:

J.A. the Comedian:

Christopher B. Duncan:

Marlin Hill:

This atrocious local Ford dealer commercial:

Peter Peterkin:

Kyle Grooms:

and, from Japan, Nozomu Sato:

Who gets your vote?

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