When Saturday Night Live returns on Saturday, it's a safe bet the show will open Jason Sudeikis doing his Romney impersonation across from an Obama. But things are different this year. Fred Armisen is out. Jay Pharoah is the new impersonator-in-chief. Picking a new Obama right before the season with two election specials on the docket would seem like a risky move, except Pharoah's been doing a great Obama impersonation for a while now. King of the Iron Throne Lorne Michaels told the New York Times he thinks Pharoah is "coming into his own," and that Lorne wants to "shake it up." Entertainment Weekly directed us to this Letterman clip of Pharoah doing his Obama impression all the way back in 2010 (Obama begins at 7:00):
Consider he's had two years of practice to perfect that, and we're excited to see what he brings to the table Saturday night.
There's no flies on ol' Freddy Armisen, though. He'll still be around. Michaels says he's "the backbone of the show now." Fred Armisen: the glue guy. As for the Veeps, Sudeikis is going to keep doing Joe Biden ("[Biden and Romney are] never photographed together, so, no problem.") and Taran Killam is probably going to get Paul Ryan, but they're not 100% sure yet. Paul Ryan might not make it on the season premiere. Sorry, Paul.