It seems that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has a taste for late-night TV!
After poking fun at himself on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on The Late Show with David Letterman, Romney recently told Diane Sawyer that he'd consider doing a guest spot on Saturday Night Live. "It would depend on the nature of the skit," he said during an interview on ABC's World News Tonight. "I want it to be funny."
Hmm, interesting. By "funny" Romney surely means that it would appeal to his sense of humor. And, well, that might be a problem on SNL. The jokesters at that legendary sketch show aren't exactly in tune with Romney's unique ideas on the subject.
Last summer, a Washington Post correspondent traveling with him related an anecdote about Romney's playful (some might say "corny") side on the campaign trail. "Posing for a photo with his arms around the waitresses at a retro diner in Derry, N.H., he suddenly jumps forward, pretending somebody pinched his bottom," wrote Dana Milbank. “'Oh my goodness gracious!' he exclaims, then, 'Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.' He later says the gag is 'kind of fun to do.'"
A few months later, when CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked the presidential candidate to name some of his favorite comedians, Romney had several at the ready. The list included Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges and the Keystone Kops.
Classic funnymen like these are indisputable icons of American comedy, but black-and-white slapstick isn't exactly the sort of fare that SNL head writer Seth Meyers dishes out each week. Can Romney and SNL's writers have a meeting of the minds?
Sure, as long as both are willing to compromise a little. Not only has Romney seen Jason Sudeikis' impression of him, he told Sawyer that he sets his DVR to record it. "He's very good, Jason's very good," he said. Considering the stiff, robotic nature of Sudeikis' impersonation, Romney is clearly thick-skinned enough to take a joke. So one obvious sketch would involve the meeting of the real and fictional Romneys.
How else could the show fit him in? When its writers don't seem to know what to do with a guest, they tend to incorporate him into one of the talk show skits, like J-Pop America Fun Time Now or The Manuel Ortiz Show. Frankly, it's tough to imagine Romney fitting in there and we're sure he wouldn't be getting club advice from Stefon (although that would be an amazing pairing!). He might do better visiting the show's satiric version of The View. He could even crack some jokes as a "guest." Barbara Walters is old enough to appreciate the Keystone Kops, isn't she?