Move over, Tina Fey, John McCain’s coming to Saturday Night Live
SNL has seen its ratings surge this season on the popularity of its political skits, especially actress Tina Fey’s portrayal of McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin.
Palin, who bears a striking resemblance to Fey, appeared on the show two weeks ago, boosting ratings and drawing positive reviews.
McCain, 72, is a joker on the campaign trail himself, often poking fun at his home state or his friends from the Senate.
The Arizona senator has often said he would make appearances on late night variety shows to boost his appeal with younger voters, many of whom have flocked to the candidacy of his Democratic rival Barack Obama, who is ahead in opinion polls.
The trip to New York, where the show is filmed, will take McCain out of important battleground states like Ohio and Florida just days before voters go to the polls, but the campaign clearly believes the time is well spent appealing, for free, to a national television audience.
The appearance will be McCain’s third on the show.
REUTERS/Brian Snyder (McCain in Florida); REUTERS/staff (Palin and Fey)