SNL’s Sudeikis: Don’t ask me about politics, ‘I’m an idiot’

By David Ferguson
Friday, November 30, 2012 10:58 EDT
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“Saturday Night Live” actor Jason Sudeikis appeared on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show on Thursday and discussed the way he found to imitate the speaking voice of former presidential candidate, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA).

Sudeikis, who has played Romney as well as Vice President Joe Biden on the long-running sketch comedy show, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, alongside fellow SNL cast-member and “Portlandia” star Fred Armisen.

Sudeikis told O’Brien that he was somewhat uncomfortable speaking in the political arena.

“I’m an idiot,” he said, “I literally dropped out of community college. You do not — don’t ask me! Ask a newspaper editor or a pundit or something, and yet because we sort of talk like these people, they sometimes think we know more than we do, but we don’t.”

“You came up with a key to doing the Mitt Romney impression,” Conan said, “What was that?”

The comedian explained that he mimicked the almost 1950s-radio-announcer sound that actor George Clooney has.

“Now, mind you, I know that the politics of Mitt Romney and the politics of George Clooney are very different, and they use their instrument in different ways,” Sudeikis said. “Kind of like how Nickelback and The Black Keys play the same instruments, but they use them in very different ways.”

Over time, doing his Romney impression, what Sudeikis realized was that he was mixing in the sound of “when black stand-ups do a ‘white guy’ voice.” He then demonstrated, saying, “Hey man, howya doin’ buddy?” in a kind of chipper, Mouseketeer accent. “It’s like whenever Eddie Murphy would do it on SNL.”

“‘White guys can’t dance,’” suggested Conan.

“Absolutely,” agreed Sudeikis. “And I was, like, well I’ll just do that all the time.”

“And next thing you know,” Conan said, “You were on ‘Meet the Press.’”

Watch the link, embedded via TeamCoco.com, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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