Al Gore on SNL skit: What Up With That?

Irony abounds. I wonder what Gore was thinking during all this?

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Jeff Larson

Pretty cool – superimposing his plug for his book with “What up with That?” I think Gore got dissed.

Gary Hladik

Wow! Somehow they packed just as much science into a short skit as Al has in his whole book!

John F. Hultquist

Gore thinks? Come on!

JP Miller

?? What the H is up with that?? Was this a real skit or what exactly? My reaction is that this looked to be a total send up of Gore — how else to explain it? Someone, help me understand this or is my naive reaction exactly right?

tallbloke

Hehe. I just managed to sneak this one past Joes defences at climatepogrom.org
Wonder how long it’ll stay up. 🙂
http://climateprogress.org/2009/11/21/hacked-emails-ncar-kevin-trenberth/#comment-207571
stroller says:
November 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm
Blimey,
I wondered why it had been so windy lately. It’s Kevin Trenberths’s arms waving about like windmills and Joe exhaling high speed hot air.
Party’s over lads. Sorry.

David

That was (and I never do this caps/hypenating) H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S! Looks like a burn both ways, though. Portraying Wattsup as nothing more than an annoying interruption, if the skit has any more meaning than it lets on. Still, Gore had to be a little uncomfortable sitting through that one.
REPLY: I don’t know if the title was a reference to WUWT, or mere coincidence based on the social meme presented. Curious either way. What would be funny would be if Gore didn’t know ahead of time. Of course, he’s so insulated from reality he may not even know of WUWT, the blog. – Anthony

vukcevic

Here is an alternative:
Piers Corbyn delivers his opening remarks at the ‘Climate Change, the Solar Weather Technique and the Future of Forecasting’ Conference. Imperial College, London. 28th October 2009.
http://www.kane-tv.com/wa/piers1.html
http://www.kane-tv.com/wa/sammywilson.html

Arn Riewe

If Gore was trying to plug his book, which of course he was, how pathetic. The skit was pretty weak in my mind, and Al came off looking even weaker. It made him look like part of a joke, which is of course what he is.
I’m sure the WUWT title was surely coincidental. Would anyone really believe the writers at SNL have any knowledge of it?

David

REPLY: I don’t know if the title was a reference to WUWT, or mere coincidence based on the social meme presented. Curious either way. What would be funny would be if Gore didn’t know ahead of time. Of course, he’s so insulated from reality he may not even know of WUWT, the blog. – Anthony
Totally agree with every portion of that statement. I still found it extremely funny, regardless.

LarryOldtimer

It would seem as though Al Gore found a great way to have made a great fool of himself.
As for the “Whats up with that” routine, as is said in show biz, any publicity is good publicity. I don’t see the hits on this web site declining.

monkeyboy

for non Americans

Jim B in Canada

With SNL the shots of Obama on recent episodes and now this “Watt’s up With That”, poke at Gore do we dare think that some with slightly more conservative attitudes has managed to wrangle a writers job at SNL?
Actually SNL over has done a good job of shifting alliances to mock the powers that be, so this might be a more than mere coincidence.
On a side note there must be someone out there in then internets who has ability to “fix” the unfortunate spelling mistake in the SNL skit and add a .com to the bottom of the title sequences?

rbateman

I got it:
What Up With That?
Al Gore: You’re out of time, courtesty outed CRU.
The Rolling Stones said:
Baby, baby, baby you’re out of time.
I said baby, baby, baby you’re out of time.
You are all left out,
Out of there, without a doubt
cause baby, baby, baby you’re out of time.

J. Mitchell

It appears that the talented writers and comedians at SNL now understand what Tennesseans have known long before the 2000 election…that Al Gore is a fraud.

HankHenry

Yet another episode in poor Al’s quest for the ManBearPig.

kmye

The What Up With That skit has been on SNL at least once before (sorry link is US-only, so unless they decided to use it again as a poke, which I kind of doubt, it’s not anything directed at Anthony…

Jim Norvell

He has become “the Professor” from “The Blue Angel”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_blaue_Engel
Jim N

Joseph in Florida

It does not matter if Gore knew or not. That was the funnest thing I have seen in a while. Thanks for posting that. (I don’t watch TV)

Claude Harvey

Did anyone else notice that “His Hugeness The Goracle” has shrunk himself down to normal proportions? In a full frontal camera shot I could actually see his ears! That radiative bounce idea someone had of dressing Big Al up in a white suit and staking him to the North Pole will is no longer viable.
CH

I think Al’s face would have registered a bit more dismay if not for the Botox.
My face, however, was grinning ear to ear.

Gary Plyler

As with all Hollywood types, there is no such thing as bad press.
Also, Big Al is always ready to get his mug in front of a camera, provided there will be no questions asked or science discussed.

Jason

Watt’s Up with That is big everywhere. Lookie here, in Jones/Wigley correspondence.
http://www.anelegantchaos.org/cru/emails.php?eid=1017&filename=1254147614.txt
Is this not the most amusing leak? Talking about blip manipulations in context of Watt’s charges that they are doing something like that in the first instance?

Bill P

It’s a “Watt’s Up With That?” breakthrough moment. As Al can tell you, SNL is viewed weekly by millions of viewers. Did I say millions? Make that with billions with a “B”! Actually Gazill-l-l-ions…

rbateman

If Gore can’t handle facing Monckton, how about Big Al posting on Watts Up With That?
Maybe he already has!

Karl Maki

I would have liked to hear the line:
“In the future, cooling will be warming.”
Otherwise it’s a perfect accompaniment to Al Gore’s prophecies – it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Al Gore's Holy Hologram

I couldn’t get a word in sideways.

MikeN

He was probably thinking how much longer is this crappy skit, just like every other host the past few decades.

michael

look at this folks!
http://i47.tinypic.com/vdg8sk.png
the hockey stick trick evolution, great stuff
m. mann, you are a copperfield imitation, but not a sceintist!

jack herman

Is that Al Gore or Alec Baldwin?

Great moment for Al Gore!
Please also check Obama, Barack Obama at MIT, pronouncing What’s up with that at 8:20 in the speech:
http://amps-web.mit.edu/public/amps/webcast/2009/obama-2009oct23/ondemand.html
Ecotretas

Richard deSousa

Not much happening in Gore’s brain… he’s the caricature of the (brainless) Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. Jim Hansen is the wizard and since the HADCRUT hacked site the curtains have been drawn back to show the wizard has no clothes.

Vincent

“Not much happening in Gore’s brain… he’s the caricature of the (brainless) Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.”
Ok, I can picture that, except where the scarecrow had straw sticking out all over the place, Gore would have dollar bills.

The Enemy

It’s kind of funny that the readers of this site consider it a possibility that the SNL skit is about WUWT.com.
This post by Mr. Watts is a good example of the dynamic at this site. Watts would like to claim that the SNL skit is about him but he knows he shouldn’t go that far and so he posts the video and some vague comment about it knowing that readers will make the connection for him.
xTxEx

Sandy

Nothing in these e-mails seems to touch Hansen??

Kate

Gore is due to appear on 30 Rock soon.
Tina Fey and Gore, together.

ken

You know what’s really funny … is that I have ALWAYS imagined WUWT sung to the tune of a sweaty James Brown riff
Talk about your anthropogenic warming ! The godfather of soul really puts out the BTU’s !

John Galt

It’s [deleted] Green Week on NBC. That means that put in shameless plugs for GE’s shameless efforts to profit on global warming fears.

CodeTech

I guess I’m dating myself when I say that I remember when SNL was actually funny. It’s true! I know, I know, it’s difficult to believe, but back in the first few years they actually had funny people doing funny things.
Maybe it’s more of a sad commentary on modern civilization that a skit like that IS considered funny today. I mean, why listen to anyone? We all know what they’re probably going to say, so just get their faces on there and pretend they said it… drown them out…
And no, “TE”, nobody here ACTUALLY believes it was about WUWT, I really wish that trolls would comprehend the definition of “sarcasm”. Don’t they teach that at troll training school?
REPLY: I miss the bassomatic. I never laughed so hard. – A

Bruce Cobb

The Enemy (14:31:50) :
It’s kind of funny that the readers of this site consider it a possibility that the SNL skit is about WUWT.com.
This post by Mr. Watts is a good example of the dynamic at this site. Watts would like to claim that the SNL skit is about him but he knows he shouldn’t go that far and so he posts the video and some vague comment about it knowing that readers will make the connection for him.
xTxEx

Actually, what’s funny is blithering idiot trolls coming here making wild baseless claims about the site, about Anthony, and the readers, and thus making complete fools of themselves. Thanks for playing.
Fool.
[REPLY – Normally I frown at (or even snip) direct attacks, but in this case, all I can do is say, “Double Fool.” ~ Evan]

CodeTech

Oooh – Samurai Climate Researcher…
Jane Curtain: Excuse me, I’m not sure this MWP really belongs here…
John Belushi: Eh? MWP? Haiiiiiiii—– WHACK… no mo mwp.
Dan Aykroyd: Say, does this look like a hockey stick to you?
John Belushi: Eh? Hockey Stick? HAIIIII — WHACK…. there, hockey stick.
Just a thought.

Robert Morris

I liked that!
How many people will search “Al Gore” and “Whats up with that” looking for that and end up here instead?

royfomr

What a strange weekend this has been. When the story about the gentleman in the gray-Coat broke, I was initially elated but now I’m much less so.
Mr Gores video, for me, has just reinforced my deflating sense of elation.
The pop-idol, self-seeking clamour to be a celebrity is understandable where politicians are involved but the planet-saving, the end-is-worth the means gropings of grant-supported and supposedly serious scientists is beyond belief!
Phil, prior to your resignation from heading up a motely cru of earnest but delusionalist clever-folks do you still subscribe to the technique of marginalization of those who dissent?

It gets funnier every time I watch it.
“I got Pac-Man Fever And I got it good?”
It shows about what level scientific discourse has sunk to in the main stream media. I especially like the guy in the clown wig. The guy in the joggin suit is good too.

” I wonder what Gore was thinking during all this?”
I think damns the day he invented the internet

Antonio San

Update: The official UEA statement is as follows:
“We are aware that information from a server used for research information
in one area of the university has been made available on public websites,”
the spokesman stated.
“Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm
that all of this material is genuine.”
“This information has been obtained and published without our permission
and we took immediate action to remove the server in question from
operation.”
“We are undertaking a thorough internal investigation and we have involved
the police in this enquiry.”
An external hacker or an inside job? That is the question!

Andrew

The Enemy (14:31:50) :
This post by Mr. Watts is a good example of the dynamic at this site. Watts would like to claim that the SNL skit is about him but he knows he shouldn’t go that far and so he posts the video and some vague comment about it knowing that readers will make the connection for him.
“Jane, you ignorant slut”
IMO the funniest thing about this skit is the irony, as the skit itself was pretty poor, and as mentioned earlier it is a reoccurring skit.

LiamIAm

Pretty subtle for a writer at SNL @ NBC owned by GE maker of wind turbines to use the American Black vernacular, “Whut up with that?” to create the linkage. “Sure, Al, we won’t ask you any hard questions, come plug your book! ”
It IS a plug for the book in prime time BUT Albert Gore and book are minimized, (along with two other guests, “Not just you Al, baby, two other guests, too, ya know?”)
Looks like host & friends are just too busy, too mindless, or too I just gotta sing to too take serious notice of award winning Ex-VP Gore and his book of ‘choices’ for climate change. Wow!
Political satire is ‘under the radar’ political persuasion. Good piece.
Or, on the other hand, it’s just a coincidence.

Joseph in Florida

An external hacker or an inside job? That is the question!
My bet is one the poor sod who wrote the: “READ ME for Harry’s work on the CRU TS2.1/3.0 datasets, 2006-2009!” I bet after he saw that the whole data set was simply guess work and not at all meaningful he released the information before the world’s economies were destroyed by such outlandish foolishness.
That or someone else inside.
And you should read that file documenting 3 years of trying to make sense of the data set and codes. What a tale that file tells.

Here is the Al Gore skit on 30 Rock.
http://www.hulu.com/watch/109158/30-rock-sun-tea
The part with AL Gore is at about 19:30 in.
Don’t watch the episode if you like sun tea.

Emerald Al

I have seen this skit before. I think at least twice. It’s nothing to do with Watts Up With That but the coincidence is really neat. I do need to give Al Gore credit for being a good sport. Maybe it is training for when he becomes known as a complete joke to everyone.