John McCain’s final weekend of the campaign will include a stop on Saturday Night Live, where his pick of Sarah Palin has been mercilessly satirized.
McCain campaign aides said Friday he would appear on the show. No further details were immediately available. However, it will be interesting to see how McCain works with the scheduled guest host, noted Democrat and actor Ben Affleck. David Cook is the musical guest.
It’s not McCain’s first time on the show. He hosted SNL in 2002 and, among other things, sang a medley of Barbra Streisand’s songs. Streisand is a well-known Hollywood liberal.
It’s not the GOP ticket’s first time on the show this year. Earlier in the month, Palin appeared in the cold open with executive producer Lorne Michaels and 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin, and during “Weekend Update” with Amy Poehler and Seth Myers. And, of course, Tina Fey has reprised her satire of the vice presidential candidate three times on SNL.
But it will be hard to match Palin’s ratings, as McCain has struggled to do in the past. The Palin SNL episode was the most watched since 1994.
Barack Obama was going to be on the season opener of SNL but canceled. He was on the show the season before.
Monday, McCain and Obama will be interviewed by ESPN’s Chris Berman for a segment on Monday Night Football.