At the beginning of last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” Chinese president Hu Jintao, (Bill Hader) accused President Barack Obama (Fred Armisen) of spending $200 million a day on his trip through Asia. “Jintao” told “Obama” that he heard it from Glenn Beck, prompting “Obama” to say: ”Again, let me be clear. Glenn Beck has no idea what he’s talking about.”
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Saturday Night Live’s cold open sketch last night was a Larry King (played by Fred Armisen) late night summit featuring Jay Leno (Darrell Hammond), Conan O’Brien (Bill Hader) and David Letterman (Jason Sudeikis). Even Carson Daly (Will Forte) made an appearance. SNL alum Jimmy Fallon, now host of “Late Night” did not. But his name came up in “Weekend Update.” SNL EP Lorne Michaels also an EP on Fallon’s show.
But most of the jokes came at the expense of CNN’s King: “Twitter me at @captain-suspenders1906…” VIDEO:
So, the Keith Olbermann skit made it into the live edition of SNL last night. Ben Affleck, who’s been a guest on Countdown, played Olbermann to the extreme, and that’s not easy to do. We were particularly fond of Fred Armisen‘s turn as Richard Wolffe.
If you missed “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday” last night, you didn’t see the introduction of the “Mega-Pixel Giant Touch Map” used on Weekend Update. It looked similar to CNN and FNC’s wall, so we asked one of the creators of both touch screen’s, Perceptive Pixel’s Jeff Han.
It was one of theirs, and he was there last night. “They contacted us and its hard to say no when they ask you to do something collaborative for that,” Han tells TVNewser. “The crowd reaction was a lot of fun there, especially in rehearsal.”
So did Armisen have to train to get as good as his competitors on CNN and FNC? “It takes no training at all, that’s why its useful for broadcast,” Han said. “It took him no effort to just go up there and start using it. I think he was surprised by how easy it was.”
But using it for comedy purposes means seeing things never before used by CNN and FNC. And it won’t be the last time you’ll see a screen in a new setting. “You’ll see it again in other comedic situations,” Han said, without giving away where.
> Update: The SNL appearance of the “Magic Wall” was done in cooperation with CNN (which is why it looked so similar).
Click continued to see the Weekend Update clip (the “Magic Wall” part begins about 1:15 in)…