On Wednesday, Mediaite released an eight-minute video of behind-the-scenes footage from MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s Aug. 29 show, which saw him yelling about staffers making unrelated comments in his earpiece, complaining about the editing of a piece, and most notably, ranting “Stop the hammering!” O’Donnell apologized on Twitter, but the clip still drew a lot of jokes and mockery, and the best riff on it may have come from Canada, where SC With Jay and Dan‘s Jay Onrait parodied the “Stop the hammering!” part of the rant perfectly:
— #JayAndDan (@JayAndDan) September 21, 2017
For reference, here’s the relevant part of the original clip:
Lawrence O'Donnell had one of the ultimate freakouts in television history. He was not happy on this day. Hilarious. Everyone has those days pic.twitter.com/ZfsuufjPod
— Jessie ?? (@JMKTV) September 20, 2017
It’s nice that Onrait was even able to work Phil Griffin (the MSNBC president referenced in O’Donnell’s rant) in here. And this is a pretty pitch-perfect imitation, and excellent simulated anger. (It even confused some of those who responded to the tweet and thought Onrait’s meltdown was real.) The quiet “Here are your soccer highlights from Spain” at the end is solid too.
Onrait and co-host Dan O’Toole are in their first month back on-air at TSN following a four-year stint at FS1 that ended when their Fox Sports Live show was cancelled (for the third time, really) back in February. And, as they did in some of their Fox work, they’ve made parodies a key part of their latest show. A couple of other strong ones recently included riffing on hockey nicknames/DNA test commercials and mocking debate segments:
— #JayAndDan (@JayAndDan) September 20, 2017
— #JayAndDan (@JayAndDan) September 14, 2017
In addition to their nightly show, which is also replayed every morning on a couple of TSN’s feeds, Jay and Dan have brought back their popular podcast (with a Coors Light sponsorship, even) and acquired the rights to the podcasts they did while at Fox. Looks like things are going well for them in not-LA.
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