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Sun Feb 15, 2015, 04:43 PM

 

Another SNL alum (Gary Kroeger) could run for Congress





http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gary-kroeger-mulling-run-for-congress/article_fa89b59f-bfbe-5381-934e-f95f72f41410.html

CEDAR FALLS | Mudd Advertising executive and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Gary Kroeger said he's contemplating a run for Congress in 2016 and may decide on his candidacy in about a month.

Asked via Facebook to respond to online reports he is considering a run, Kroeger responded to The Courier, "Thinking about it. I've been asked (to run) but there are so many moving parts to consider. Giving myself about a month (to decide) but with lots of planning during that time."

Kroeger, creative director at Mudd, apparently would seek the Democratic nomination to run against newly elected U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, who defeated former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy in November. The seat was vacated by multi-term incumbent Bruce Braley, who sought to fill retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's Senate seat but was defeated by Joni Ernst.

Kroeger indicated public reaction may influence his decision. "Getting people involved will help," he said. "No point in running if the reaction is tepid."


More about Gary:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Kroeger

Career[edit]
Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Kroeger attended Northern University High School and graduated from Northwestern University in 1981. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during Lorne Michaels' hiatus from the show, under the direction of Dick Ebersol. During his tenure, Kroeger, who also wrote for the show, was frequently cast as young teenage kids and impersonated Walter Mondale when he was the Democratic candidate for US President in 1984. He is probably best remembered today for a Christmas sketch in which he and fellow cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus perform "Blue Christmas" as Donny and Marie Osmond. Megh Wright of splitsider.com said it "remains one of his strongest moments on his three-season stint".[1] The sketch culminates with the supposed brother and sister making out with each other.

Kroeger left the show after the summer of 1985 when Lorne Michaels returned to the show and the entire cast was replaced. In the time since he has kept a fairly low profile, appearing in only a handful of movies, including a role as Reggie Mantle on 1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again and the lead and title role on the spoof film A Man Called Sarge. He has enjoyed some success as a host of television game shows, most notably revivals of The Newlywed Game and Beat the Clock. He was also the announcer for the 2001 revival of Card Sharks and the 2002 revival of Press Your Luck called Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. He hosted a revival of the game show Beat the Clock in 2002 on PAX TV. In addition, he appeared on the sitcom Hidden Hills[2] and as a weatherman in an episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. From 1990[3] to 1991, he was host of Fox's Comic Strip Live.[4] He also made a guest appearance in the episode Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (1991). In 2000, he hosted an infomercial for DirecTV, which played in-store at many Best Buy locations. In 2002, he hosted the 26th annual Mrs. America pageant.[2]
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I remember Gary (from the early 80's SNL cast), and he was funny!

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Cooley Hurd Feb 2015 OP
olddots Feb 2015 #1
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tridim Feb 2015 #3
salamander1970 Mar 2015 #4
Cooley Hurd Mar 2015 #5
John1956PA Mar 2015 #6

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Feb 15, 2015, 04:59 PM

1. If anyone would know politics

 

it would be someone who worked on SNL , a show that has maybe become too big to fail but the show goes on .

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Feb 15, 2015, 05:02 PM

2. I'm hearing a lot of buyer's remorse over Ernst

so he might have a chance if he runs.

She's a liar and therefore a party darling so she will be very well funded and it won't be easy. It all depends on how firmly she keeps stomping on her tongue until election day 2016.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Feb 15, 2015, 05:10 PM

3. Watching this SNL marathon for weeks... They should all run.

All the people in all the casts were simply amazing. Kudos to the entire body of work. Genius!

The first show is on in a few minutes BTW, VH1 Classic.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 10:47 AM

4. Kroeger for Congress Exploratory Committee

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Response to salamander1970 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 11:22 AM

5. Welcome to DU, salamander1970!

 

...and thanks for the link!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 04:43 PM

6. I appreciate "The Bizarro World," a sketch from the 1981-1982 season.

The sketch "The Bizarro World" aired on October 10, 1981, one year before Gary became a cast member. Nonetheless, the sketch and Gary are both from the show's same era which I believe is underrated.

In the sketch, there is a brief flashback in which the Bizarro World president announces his choices for certain cabinet positions. It is disturbing to look back on that flashback, since it is prescient considering the way the then-governing Reagan administration would play out, as well as the way the the Bush 43 administration would rampage through domestic and foreign affairs. The dialog in the flashback is as follows:

Bizarro President (announcing his cabinet choices): For Secretary of Interior, man who likes strip-mining and air pollution. For Secretary of Education, man who want to destroy department. For Secretary of State, scary man with morals of a styrofoam cup.


Good luck, Gary! I hope that you run and are elected.



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