Barack Obama: Not Funny?

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Barack Obama is now the 44th President of the United States. With that title, he has also been sworn in as the country’s first African-American leader. Change this, “Yes We Can” that, the man is an inspiration to many, but what about the comedians?

Bush Jr. gave material to so many people for eight years, and now we sit at the brink of a leadership focused on no-nonsense cleaning up. Has the funny gone? Will comedians have to look elsewhere for the punch lines? Bush will be quiet for a while, so there’s no reason to be poking around there.

So what do they do? Colbert for one has enough to work on; he's got the onscreen conservative persona to always come up with something. Steward on the other hand is at a loss. Apart from lower members of government fallings over themselves in sex or fraud scandals, what else can he do?

Saturday Night Live is supposedly on the look out for a better Obama impersonator. Fred Armison appears to be pretty bad at it, and from what the Internet has show, there are plenty of people to pick from.

At the same time, how far can you go with the funky new President that smokes, listens to Stevie Wonder, and is for gay people? We can only play out the whole "HOLY SHIT WE HAVE A COOL PRESIDENT" for at least another 5 minutes before it becomes stale. There are too many people behind the man to really enjoy any flubs that he will encounter over the next few years.

Here are some places on the web which I've found that show some promise for Obama-comedy:

This guy does a pre-debate skit as Obama, and so far, has the best impression I've seen anywhere.

Here's a guy who has the voice, but not the looks. 

Second City Toronto has formed a whole skit program aptly titled, "Barack to the Future". I love puns. Plus, it's a Canadian perspective.

So it's pretty much on the fence here. The web has limited resources on which to work with when it comes to funny Presidential comedy. Will the well dry up, or will the great man of change be a source of gaffs and laughs to come?

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