As previously reported leading up to last night, the New York governor made a guest appearance on the Weekend Update segment for the show’s season premiere.
Gov. David Paterson finally had the last laugh on “Saturday Night Live”
As previously reported leading up to last night, the New York governor made a guest appearance on Weekend Update for the show’s season premiere, according to The Associated Press.
In the segment, the fake David Paterson, portrayed by “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen, came as an invited guest on Weekend Update to talk about the New York governor’s race between Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino.
In his past appearances on "SNL," Armisen's David Paterson was seen as a bumbling person who held a job chart upside down and constantly mocked New Jersey. For this segment, the fake governor compared the New York governor’s race to the Olive Garden restaurant: “No matter what you get, it’s going to be a greasy mess.”
With cheers from the audience, the real Gov. Paterson came on and said “Stop! Stop! Stop! This has gone long enough.” He first made fun of Armisen by saying “I shaved that [beard] off a year ago. Are you blind?”
Then he inserted a joke about "SNL," in which he compared it to working in Albany: “There are a lot of characters, it's funny for 10 minutes and then you just want it to go away."
Paterson, who is not running in this year’s governor’s election, listed his accomplishments during his time office and then said: "I'm blind, I'm governor and I'm still alive."
The governor had previously stated his criticism of the show for making fun of the disabled, for which Weekend Update co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler apologized during last night’s segment.
Before he finished, Paterson even made another joke, this time in reference to the Garden State: "My sense of smell tells me that there are 15 people in this audience that are from New Jersey.”
Selected Reading: The Associated Press