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October 21, 2008

Political Comedy Videos Are Not Just For SNL & Why Aren't There Any Pro-McCain Parodies?

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You've seen the SNL election parodies and sketches: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin thanking elementary school students for helping her prepare for her debate with Joe Biden; Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden saying he'd take a bullet for his good friend John McCain...but McCain is "mentally unstable;" Even the real Joe Biden cracked up at that one.  Then there's the SNL town hall meeting debate where Chris Parnell as Tom Brokaw keeps hilariously cutting off the candidates to save time.

With twenty-two days left until Election Day 2008, I thought now would be a good time to bring you some political video parodies that aren't so well known, but still quite funny.

First, one of the funniest videos I've seen this whole political season, Phone Atone from Birthright Israel in which the candidates atone for their sins for Rosh Hashanah.

There are some smooth song stylings out there with political themes as well.  Next is the pub song, "There's No One As Irish As Barack Obama."  But be warned...it's catchy.

Comedian Roy Zimmerman is the star of the following two videos, "The Man, The Myth, The McCain" and "To Be A Liberal."

For you swing dancers, or voters, out there, you can't beat "Takin' it Back with Barack Jack" from Wil Galison and his jammin' orchestra.  If you're a former "Ryan's Hope" fan or current "One Life To Live" fan, that's Ilene Kristen on vocals.

Now I'll be honest with you.  When I do these political video parody roundups, I try to balance out pro-Obama and pro-McCain videos equally.  But I gotta tell you, you Republicans need to get off the dime.  I can find as many pro-Obama videos and song parodies as I want.  But if I want pro-McCain or pro-Palin comedy, I'm up the creek without a paddle.

I don't mean political speeches and slick commercials, I don't mean your Uncle Milton sitting in his basement, banging out something about McCain on his second hand keyboard.  I'm talking about quality comedy.

The closest I came to a pro-McCain political song was The McCain Boogie on GodTube.  The problem?  It's an instrumental.  No lyrics.  No catchy puns and double entendres.  See, I just don't think you Republicans get the whole parody thing.

Is it a lack of talent?  Are Democrats the only ones who can rhythm McCain and campaign? There have to be talented Republican comedy/song writers somewhere in this country.  Is it that Democratic songwriters are the ones out of work and have the time to write this stuff?  

Here's an idea, since Republicans are so rich, why don't they hire some of those unemployed Democratic songwriters to write some fun pro-McCain songs? 

Until then, if you know of some pro-McCain video parodies, musical or otherwise, feel free to let me know.  No sick stuff, mind you or I'll "report spam" your butt faster than you can say Obama.

All I want is some good, clean pro-McCain political fun. 

Finally, if you're tired of CNN's Wolf Blitzer screaming in your ear, check out this future Christiane Amanpour and her take on the election.  You'll be glad you did.


Related Links:

Billy Mernit at Living The Romantic Comedy has some thoughts on how today's political climate is ripe for screwball comedy.

Handmaiden at Furry Friends wants to know, "Is Political Comedy A Valid Form Of Getting Political Information?"

Rachel Skylar at HuffPo's Eat The Press covers the New Yorker Fest Political Humor Panel.

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