‘Saturday Night Live’ 2011: no Eddie Murphy … but a Mitt Romney spoof!

Surprising enough?

The folks at “Saturday Night Live” are continuing to show us one thing these days — they love repetition. More often than not these days, the cold-open is centered around something related to politics … and there is also at least one sketch featuring a cable news outlet.

If you were wondering, the title of this article is therefore a tad sarcastic. We had the opportunity to see Jason Sudeikis do a pretty solid impersonation of Mitt Romney … but where was the surprise here? This week, Ben Stiller’s hosting gig was intermittently funny, but the best surprise in the midst of everything was having Kenny G play with Foster the People. (Yes, Hugh Jackman made an appearance as Daniel Radcliffe — but it actually took a while before anyone realized that it was really Hugh Jackman.)

With this in mind, the biggest surprise was that the Eddie Murphy hype machine turned out to be for naught. Sure, we were told that the former cast member was not going to be making his first appearance in over 25 years this weekend, but many outlets were still keen to hold out hope that Eddie would show up since his new movie with stiller (in “Tower Heist”) is coming out next month — and it’s all because his rep said “at this time” in a statement (thus leaving the door open).

Do you think Eddie will ever turn up on the show, and did you buy into the hype that this would be the week?

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