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‘SNL’ skewers Petraeus scandal (VIDEO)

Dylan Stableford
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"Saturday Night Live" did not shy away from the sex scandal that's rocked the Central Intelligence Agency, dedicating two full sketches and plenty of jokes on this week's episode to the Petraeus affair.

On the show's cold-opening, Paula Broadwell--played by newcomer Cecily Strong--read from her now infamous book on disgraced former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus, "All In," at Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. The book reading soon turned awkward for the rapidly shrinking audience, with Broadwell's book sounding more like "Fifty Shades of Grey" than a military biography.

"Like most people," Broadwell said, "my feelings about erotic asphyxiation have been somewhat complicated."

"We'll be leaving this program now, since it's becoming uncomfortable," a C-SPAN host announced.


Later in the show, Jason Sudeikis--who spent the 2012 presidential campaign impersonating Mitt Romney--did a serviceable Wolf Blitzer for a sketch mocking "The Situation Room" coverage of the Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite and so-called "third woman" involved in the Petraeus plot.

On "Weekend Update," the Petraeus affair provided even more joke fodder.

"David Petraeus and his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell reportedly used a trick popular with terrorist by leaving untraceable messages for each other in the draft folder of a shared email account," Seth Meyers said. "And in another trick borrowed from terrorists, it blew up in their faces."

"It was revealed that the shirtless photo an FBI agent sent to Jill Kelley was not intended to be flirtatious, but instead was a joke photo of the agent standing shirtless next to two target dummies," Meyers continued. "Ohh--that doesn't make it better."

Meyers also used the ongoing scandal for "Weekend Update's" recurring "Winners/Losers" segment.

"Winner: Whoever writes the next biography of David Petraeus," Meyers joked. "Loser: All other biographers. For the next 10 years if you tell someone you're writing a biography, expect them to say, 'Oh yeah, nice.'"

"Winner: 'Homeland,'" he continued. "Just when your plot twists were starting to get a little far-fetched, this story shows up and makes you look like a documentary."

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