SNL’s First Prime Time Special: At Least They Had Bill Murray

Last night was the first of three SNL’s Prime Time Election specials, and it was just eh. The first half was a very long parody of Tuesday night’s debate that basically had three jokes: Dan Rather Tom Brokaw cutting the candidates off, Bill Murray playing himself as a town hall audience member, and John McCain wandering around. The second half was a Thursday Weekend Update, complete with unbearable guests. Here’s the sketch that had Bill Murray!:

While it was better than almost anything else supposed-to-be-funny in prime time, it didn’t come close to the hour of power we’re blessed with four nights per week in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.