Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times: Wayne and Garth, meet Rod and Roland
As Burris goes from obscurity to dubious fame, SNL pounces
What if I told you five months ago that Roland Burris would be the target of satire on a "Saturday Night Live" skit at some point during the 2008-09 season?
What odds would you have given me against such an occurrence? A thousand to one? A million to one?
A few months ago, your butcher was about as likely as Roland Burris to be satirized by "SNL" -- but there was "Burris" (played by Keenan Thompson, who was funny but didn't sound all that much like Burris) on the opening skit on the first "Saturday Night Live" of 2009, explaining to Amy Elliott's "Rachel Maddow" how and why he made the journey to Washington, D.C., even though he had been told he wouldn't be sworn in.
"I went on priceline.com and I found myself a very reasonable ticket on Southwest Airlines," said Thompson/Burris, who repeatedly reminded viewers that he was a former comptroller and thus qualified for office.