'Saturday Night Live' Reclaims Semblance of Original Glory with Memorable Stunt
'Saturday Night Live' Reclaims Semblance of Original Glory with Memorable Stunt
Saturday Night Live, which has launched the careers of countless comedic geniuses like Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and a host of others, never fails to disappoint with its over the top sketches and parodies.  During its 33rd season premiere last Saturday, SNL once again delivered with featured host, LeBron James and Kanye West as musical guest.

Beyond the usual big-name features however, Saturday Night Live's return has spawned yet another phenomenal craze, this time as a result of an irreverent musical number by current SNL regulars, Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen.

In one of last Saturday's most memorable numbers, Samberg and Armisen starred in a musical video that parodied, of all things, Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  In the three minute song and dance presentation, Samberg started off seated at the piano while belting out their own reworded version of an original tune by the group, A Flock of Seagulls.  Singing their alternative lyrics to the song “I Ran,” Samberg was accompanied by a bearded Armisen made to look very much like the Iranian head of state.

As the two indulged with their “I Ran” rendition, the pair eventually broke into dance and proceeded to carry on as though falling in love.  The bizarre image was a pointedly hilarious satire of President Ahmadinejad's claim during a visit to Columbia University that his country is completely free of homosexuals.  In a special cameo, Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine flew in from Detroit to New York for a few hours, just to record and film his part during the chorus of the modified song.

Within days of last Saturday's show, various incarnations of Samberg and Armisen's “I Ran So Far Away” video gag had sprouted all over the short-form video haven known as You Tube.  According to the site, its numerous versions had been viewed around 300,000 times as of Wednesday.  Despite the marked decline in its weekly audience numbers last year from the one before, Saturday Night Live manages to regain some semblance of success via the resounding popularity of segments like last Saturday's “I Ran So Far Away” video.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: New York Times
(Image Courtesy of NBC)