"I know the score," said Al Gore with a steely gaze last night on Saturday Night Live, about being called up by NBC once a year during its "Green Week" to talk about the environment, "Thanks, I can't tell you how exciting it is to have the bully pulpit on a 4th-placed network." Then he spoke of feeling like Punxsutawney Phil:
It must seem more like the movie Groundhog Day, repeating the same thing over and over. Staying in character as the dour environmentalist filled with doom and gloom, Gore suggested some crazy alternatives to convince the crazies in Congress who aren't taking climate change seriously. Not to mention others like Dennis Miller who had a stint on SNL's Weekend Update in the '80s and now opines on Fox's Bill O'Reilly show, bashing Gore's "global warming stuff" or perhaps the New York Times?
Funny stuff. Seth Meyers, who's improved Weekend Update as a more Daily Show type segment with more newsy material and good shots, plays the straight man, giving Gore time after an earlier sketch on the show, with Gore attempting to discuss his new book, Our Choice, on a mock talk show with Kenan Thompson's gospel singing host launching into song with with each talking point.
If you're up for an amusing cringe, watch that skit about his "burning question:"