Following last week’s now-iconic presidential debate sketch, “Saturday Night Live” is poised to make waves again this weekend with its mock-up of Tuesday’s vice presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine. But who should play the VP contenders on NBC’s late night comedy series? We asked, you answered. With 39% of the vote, our poll results from earlier in the week favor Beck Bennett to play Pence, while 30% of our readers think Bobby Moynihan is perfect for Kaine.
Since it began in 1975, “SNL” has cast its current stars as political contenders, like Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, Jay Pharoah as Barack Obama, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush, Will Ferrell as his son George W. Bush and Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter. But this season, executive producer Lorne Michaels made a big move by hiring an actor from the outside, 16-time host Alec Baldwin, to play Donald Trump.
If “Saturday Night Live” doesn’t go with Bennett and Moynihan (or any other current players) to play Pence and Kaine, our readers have some fun out-of-the-box suggestions. Stevebackonsnal says, “Steve Martin for Mike Pence.” Steve McLaren pleads, “Chevy Chase [for Pence]! What a sly, smooth salesman, all acting, not fooled at all, Trump picked an ally all right, a couple of con men indeed.” And for the Democratic casting, Jorah the Andal suggests, “Mike O’Brien as Tim Kaine, please.”