Will Ferrell's burgeoning comedy empire, Funnyordie.com (as in Funny Or Die) has its own HBO show and has now brought together all of Saturday Night Live's former presidents in a hilarious takeoff 'advice' video for President Obama. You can find it online at funnyordie.com.. The ghosts of presidents past invade the dreams of President Obama, played by Fred Armisen, making funny suggestions about consumer protection and financial reform that they want him to embrace.
Will Ferrell reprises his goofball President George W. Bush, Darrell Hammond plays his hilarious President Bill Clinton, Dana Carvey comes back as President George H.W. Bush, Dan Aykroyd is President Jimmy Carter, and Chevy Chase is President Gerald Ford. Jim Carrey, who is not an SNL veteran, appears as Ronald Reagan, whom the late Phil Hartman typically impersonated. The sketch pokes fun at each president's idiosyncrasies and stereotypes, with digs at Obama's smoking, Clinton's womanizing, some father-and-son Bush-bashing, Reagan's age, Carter's malaise, and Ford's clumsiness. Directed by Ron Howard, the video has been produced by Funny Or Die in conjunction with Americans for Financial Reform urging Congress to create a strong, independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
It seems like some federal agencies and concerns are finding celebrity impersonators and famous actors make for great commercials--like the recent Census commercials starring Ed Begley Junior and a host of other famous faces urging Americans to take the census seriously, but through laughter.
Is this a great way to get an idea across to federal powers-that-be? Or is satire and parody a poor substitute for celebs marching to Washington and making in-person pleas to legislators?