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awful timing by e!

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by shockey, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    so i tune into an snl rerun -- steve carell hosting is my excuse -- and it opens with a political sketch with an impersonation of TIM RUSSERT setting up a bush presser.

  2. pressmurphy

    pressmurphy Member

    Wonder if they dragged this one out of mothballs on purpose to take advantage of the recent news or whether this had in fact been scheduled long ago.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    It was scheduled at least two weeks ago. Still horrible timing...
  4. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Why is it horrible timing? Should we pretend Tim Russert didn't die? The fact that he was parodied on SNL kind of speaks to his influence, yes?
  5. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    gave me the heebee geebees is all i was saying. i fell eight days after his death was a bit soon to be airing sketches with him as a character.
  6. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Was I the only one who thought Russert and Jimmy James from NewsRadio could be twins?
  7. linotype

    linotype Well-Known Member

    Not to disparage the dead, but I've always thought Russert more closely resembled Randy Quaid.
  8. anybody see family guy tonite? there's a hideously ugly woman who brian knocked up years earlier. at the end after she leaves there's a touching family moment, and peter breaks it up by saying to a teary-eyed brian, "you know i just figured it out. she looks like a really hot [audio deleted]." i found it on hulu. the line is "a really hot tim russert."

  9. The Granny

    The Granny Guest

    Did you fall far?
  10. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Perhaps because it smacks of mocking the dead so soon after his death.

    I realize Russert was monstrously influential. If he weren't, my father wouldn't have mentioned his death in a phone call from France. However, eight days after his death is a bit early to joke about him IMO.
  11. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Is it too early to start writing sketches about him? Absolutely. This was a rerun. I find it silly that when someone people like dies, we need to hurry up and erase anything about them so that no one is offended. Russert himself would probably think that's silly.

    He was influential enough to be parodied on SNL. That parody is, in many ways, a tribute to his legacy. It is an honor to have a SNL skit written about you. Russert was, if nothing else, a newsman. I think we can put him into context without saying "oh my, let's sanitize this so no one is offended."

    This is not a dig at shockey. It's just the way I feel in general.
  12. IllMil

    IllMil Active Member

    I don't see why an impersonation of him on SNL is mocking his death. I really don't see anything wrong with it. I doubt when Tim Russert saw that skit he was fuming about it. He would probably laugh, so what's the big deal? I also never got the "so soon after his death" stuff, but I guess a lot of people feel that way. I guess I just take issue with the idea that one day it's too soon and, eventually, a day later it's appropriate.
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