When politicians try comedy

U.S. President Barack Obama on Funnyordie.com's Between Two Ferns.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Funnyordie.com's Between Two Ferns.

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U.S. President Barack Obama recently appeared in a Funny or Die online comedy sketch with Zach Galifianakis.

Having a sitting president take part in a comedy skit does not sit well with everyone, but it is not unprecedented.

Here's a look at some of our favourite instances when politicians participated in comedy skits.

BARACK OBAMA

The U.S. President is interviewed on Between Two Ferns.

RICHARD NIXON

During the 1968 U.S. presidential election, GOP candidate and eventual winner Richard Nixon appeared on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, uttering the show's catch-phrase "sock it to me." (Nixon appears at 0:53)

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SARAH PALIN

Almost as soon as it was announced in 2008 that Sarah Palin would be on the GOP ticket as the Vice Presidential candidate, Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey was tapped to be her comedic version due to a striking resemblance.

The pinnacle of the SNL Palin send-ups was when Palin herself appeared on the show and was the subject of a rap song on Weekend Update. (SNL rap appears at 0:58)

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DAVID PATERSON

Former New York Governor David Paterson was frequently lampooned on SNL during weekend update, which became controversial due to Paterson being legally blind. But the governor showed he had a sense of humour when appeared on the show in Sept. 2010.

 

ALMOST EVERY CANADIAN POLITICIAN

Here in Canada, it is almost a rite of passage in Ottawa for politicians to play along with the cast and writers of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and the Rick Mercer Report. There are many memorable appearances from sitting prime ministers Jean Chretien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, some scripted, some not.

Many MPs have "acted" in skits for 22 Minutes and RMR, including this one where Mercer helps newly appointed Leader of the Opposition Michael Ignatieff move into Stornaway.

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