Huffpost Comedy

SNL's VP Debate: Joe Biden, Paul Ryan Spar

Posted: Updated:

Saturday Night Live used its opening sketch to lampoon Thursday's vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

After a reminder from debate moderator Martha Raddatz (played by Kate McKinnon) that "your performance is extremely unlikely to affect the outcome of the election, so just have fun with it," Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis) and Paul Ryan (Taran Killam) took the stage. Sudeikis played up the image of the Vice President as aggressive and condescending, exclaiming a weary "Here we go!" as soon as Killam began speaking, and trumpeting his masculine bona fides: "When the Amtrak breaks down on my morning commute, I strip down to my tighty-whities--I push that bitch all the way to Washington."

McKinnon played Raddatz as a no-nonsense referee, asking at one point, "Do I sound like Jim Lehrer? Do I look like Jim Lehrer? Then don't try to (bleep) me like I'm Jim Lehrer."

Killam's Ryan drank copious amounts of water (as the Congressman did on Thursday), and poked fun at the candidate's image as a truth-stretcher. When asked if he could explain how a Romney/Ryan administration would close economic loopholes, Killam simply replied, "No." And after Killam claimed that he had won the 100-metre dash at the London Olympics (a reference to Ryan's famously embellished marathon time), Olympic legend Usain Bolt made a cameo to set him straight.

Related on HuffPost:

Joe Biden Parodies
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Filed by Benjamin Hart
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results