Regardless of how you feel about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney (or Gary Johnson), this election has provided many laughs and ample material for our favorite comedians (Super PACs, binders full of women, and Perry’s “oops”). At Bob Saget’s Scleroderma fundraiser recently, I caught up with Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers and The Daily Show correspondent John Oliver to ask them what the funniest outcome to this election would be for their respective programs.
SNL‘s head writer and “Weekend Update” had this to say: “This is getting so close, I think back to 2000, legal challenges certainly keep those elections going a bit longer.” Meyers predicts President Obama winning the electoral college, but Governor Romney taking the popular vote, saying we could see a long, drawn out election. “That would be real fun for us.”
Comedian John Oliver feels quite differently. “I can’t really see any funny outcome. I can only see a positive outcome, which is it ending.” Oliver, not entirely impressed with the two campaigns, hopes for a speedy end to what he says has been, “at best, middle of the road and at worst, pathetic. I can not wait for it to be over.”
No matter the outcome, the job of poking fun at the executive branch will go on for both of the talented performers. “We’re reactive to the news as it happens,” Meyers says. “Whatever happens, we’re going to have a President and he’s going to do stuff and he’s going to have policies that won’t be perfect. As comedians, it’s nice to know that the political system stays in place no matter who the people in those roles are.”
If lawyers start calling the shots on Nov. 7, we’ll look forward to an elated SNL cast and a hilariously frustrated Daily Show correspondent.