Friday, September 12, 2008

Obama returns to cult comedy show

NEW YORK (AFP) — Barack Obama, after a bruising week of lipstick on pigs and other taunts on the White House campaign trail, returns to the cult TV show "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, aides said.

Obama will tape an appearance for the show's season premiere on Saturday in New York, after he was the star turn for a Halloween skit featuring an impersonator of Hillary Clinton last November.

Quite what the Democratic presidential hopeful will do on the program this time is still being worked out, the aides said, but it is a safe bet that the hosts will extract comedy value out of some of the recent campaign sparring.

John McCain's rival campaign accused Obama of a sexist "smear" against the Republican's running mate Sarah Palin after the Democrat, on Tuesday, said their promise of change was like putting "lipstick on a pig".

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