10/11/2012 09:26 am ET Updated Dec 11, 2012

The 12 Funniest Paul Ryan Parodies (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Paul Ryan steps into the debate ring this week to face off against the highly seasoned, extremely gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden. Ryan has virtually no debate experience, but is widely viewed to have better discipline and ability to recall arcane economic figures than his opponent. No matter what, expectations for Ryan will be higher than what Sarah "Can I call you Joe?" Palin faced in 2008.

Americans didn't know much about Congressman Paul Ryan when Mitt Romney first introduced him as "the next President of the United States" back in August. So in many ways, it's been up to the nation's comedians and commentators to define him through satire. Here's the best of what they've produced so far over the last two months.

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The 12 Funniest Paul Ryan Parodies