Well, Can't I at Least Say You Look Mah-velous?

In the middle of comedy Thursday--when Al Gore did Rosie and Regis, Bush did Letterman, and both candidates did the roast-like Al Smith dinner--they separately taped halves of a conversation for an introduction to Sunday Nov. 5's Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 2000. Both played to their stereotypes not only on camera but off camera as well. After just one insipid sentence--"Hi, I'm Al Gore, Democratic candidate for President"--Gore began micromanaging. "I thought that line was out," he said. Meanwhile, Bush asked SNL writer Jim Downey to include even more malapropisms. After stumbling over the nonword "ambilavent," Bush turned to the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!