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Monday, February 18, 2013

Fred Armisen Does Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live

Fred Armisen portrays Bernie on an SNL skit that never makes it on to the show.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Fred Armisen has portrayed his share of goofy characters on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and IFC's "Portlandia" — even a few political figures. (El Bloombito, anyone?) But here's a new one that cuts close to home: Armisen portraying Vermont's own Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Armisen donned his finest Bernie hair in a sketch parodying the Chuck Hagel confirmation hearings that didn't make it to the airwaves for the February 9 episode of "Saturday Night Live." But NBC posted a "dress rehearsal" clip of the sketch to its website. It's easy to see why it didn't make the final cut — it's one of those one-note "SNL" sketches that goes on about two minutes too long. And it later also raised the ire of the Anti-Defamation League, who accused NBC of fanning the flames of anti-Semitism.

Armisen/Sanders doesn't play a critical role in the sketch, but he pops up for a few seconds at about 3:35 and returns near the end during an extended discussion on donkey fellatio.

Update 08/15/14: Here's another version of the video:

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