THE NEW RICH LITTLE  1:06 pm November 24, 2008

Why Did SNL Censor This Rahm Emanuel Thing?

by Ken Layne

It is Saturday Night Live dude Andy Samberg as your new Ballbuster-for-change, Rahm Emanuel! Supposedly this was not broadcast because it wasn’t 15 minutes long, and also has some laffs. [SNL via Fishbowl LA]

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LuckyJim November 24, 2008 at 1:08 pm

No can see in Canada. Racists!

Texan Bulldoggette November 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

That was funny. I also like the suggestion for Lieberman (although it’s too mild/tame/nice). Maybe it got cut because the average Joe/Jane doesn’t have any idea who Rahmbo is.

finallyhappy November 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm

I think Rahm and Ari threatened Lorne Michaels

metropolitan November 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm

maybe because it’s too insider baseball?
the only reason impressions of hillary and palin were hits is because those two were celebrities.

monty November 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm

maybe because the guy said every variation of fuck that there is fuck, fucker , fucked, fucking, etc. Potty mouth is still frowned upon.

azw88 November 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm

If they had broadcast it, Rahm threatened to rip off their head and shit in the hole, but in a spirit of bi-partisanship kind of way!

(not that I can watch the vid, since the county government blocks all of that fun shyte, other that Wonkette)

Serolf Divad November 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

By the way, for anyone who wanst one: here is your collection of Barack Obama’s Economic Adivisors Limited Edition Commemorative Plates.

I take PayPal and cold hard cash, baby!

ManchuCandidate November 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm

[re=184503]Serolf Divad[/re]:
I’ll take eight plates each. Hurray for Manchu, the smart consumer!

glamourdammerung November 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm

It was probably cut because it maybe John “I covered a pedophile to keep a seat in the party, but Rahm is hyper-partisan” Boehner cry.

shanemcgowan November 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I have a feeling that comments from the real Emanuel would be much, much, much more threatening and profane. Candidates for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Counsel in Chicago are tougher than Samberg seems.

finallyhappy November 24, 2008 at 1:22 pm

[re=184503]Serolf Divad[/re]: I want to buy some to sell on Inaug day. I am going to sell them along the Beltway which will be totally immobile for hours with people who rented cabins in West Virginia and motel rooms in PA trying to get downtown

WhatTheHeck November 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Just for watching that, I bet there’s a bloodied horse head in my bed right now.

rmontcal November 24, 2008 at 1:24 pm

… THEN I watched another SNL video with Kristin Wiig advertising for Clear Right and that shit was funny and she’s still super hot even with that thing in her mouth.

jagorev November 24, 2008 at 1:27 pm

[re=184502]azw88[/re]: Wait, you’re being paid taxpayer dollars for surfing Wonkette? Plz. to be telling me how I can get that job.

TGY November 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm


Terry November 24, 2008 at 1:31 pm

[re=184503]Serolf Divad[/re]:

Love Summers’ double, no triple, chin.

4tehlulz November 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm

[re=184503]Serolf Divad[/re]: No hot black chicks. Fail.

tunamelt November 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm

[re=184502]azw88[/re]: City government, however, could give a fuck.

Serolf Divad November 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm


You know what Obama really needs? He needs a secret service detail of hot but deadly black chicks trained in the martial arts. Kinda stealing an idea from Khadaffi, I’ll admit. But still cool.

Aurelio November 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Why was this censored? You moranz! Rahm Emanuel sent a horse’s head to Lorne Michaels with a note that said, “DO NOT FUCK WITH ME.”

sarahconnor November 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I once saw Andy Samberg in NoHo and called out “yo Samberg, what’s crackin’!” I couldn’t help myself, and I am lame… and he almost spilled his coffee down his front. I felt like such an idiot afterwards, but gosh, he is cute like a puppy dog.

mattbolt November 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

They skipped it because it was topical and humorous. Come on people, this is SNL!

They needed to free up 20 minutes for some skit that probably had Kristen Wiig as an obnoxious teenage girl and Kenan Thompson as a sassy black man, but like, set in the 50s or something, and then Will Forte comes in, except dressed as, like, a dinosaur or something, and uh, he performs a 5-minute rap song about milk, and then just at a perfectly appropriate stopping time they stretch the skit for another 5 minutes of repeating catchphrases until the audience gets restless

FreshCliches November 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm

[re=184524]Serolf Divad[/re]: Led by Pam Grier, presumably?

OK, I’m showing my age with that one. Beyonce?

azw88 November 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm

[re=184523]tunamelt[/re]: Yup. Chukcleberry is the killer of all things fun in Pima Co.

mattbolt November 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm

[re=184493]LuckyJim[/re]: Pro tip: Download HotSpot Shield (free, but has annoying ads) and then browse Hulu to your delight as you trick the silly machine into thinking you come from an American computer. Haha, you dumb website! Can you not see that I am foreign? You have been bamboozled by my sneaky proxy device, foolish computer! Betrayed by thine programming! A-HA!

azw88 November 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm

[re=184514]jagorev[/re]: I call it research. Working for elected political officials has it’s perks! :)

NoWireHangers November 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm

He failed to stab the desk with a jagged, bloody, hunting knife.

Deepthroat November 24, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Seriously. It’s going to be fucking amazing. Tee-Hee!

Unindicted Co-Conspirator November 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Two reasons they didn’t broadcast it:
1. NBC suits freaked out at all the bleeps.
2. It took 1:05 to get to the punchlines. Way too long of a setup! It needed a rewrite to shorten that part.

sarahconnor November 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Oh, I get it now! Wouldn’t broadcast it because it isn’t 15 minutes long… funny Ken!

BigBrainOnBrad November 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm

God, SNL is so completely insufferable. From the over-exaggerated intros by that fossil Don Pardo to the hooting audience that somehow always sounds like it’s the same people to the performers smirking because they can’t contain themselves over how “funny” they are. They should change the name of the show to Sucktown Live.

smellyal8r November 24, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Lorne’s probably worried about what Ari would think of it, rather than anything political. Either that or Paul Simon called from Martha’s Vineyard and told him not to run it…

Abby Tarr November 25, 2008 at 4:32 am

Well, if they were trying to censor it by cutting it from the show, their plan backfired big time – the thing’s gone viral now.

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