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“Election 2016: Too Many Cooks” Edition is Glorious and Unnerving in Its Nonfiction

“Election 2016: Too Many Cooks” is a nonstop list of credits in the farce that is American politics.

For better or worse, CNN Politics is breaking into the satire game. In the midst of what’s already shaping up to be one of the longest, most draining, and theatrical American election seasons in history, the news outlet took it upon itself to comment on the oversaturated process by using a familiar template. “Election 2016: Too Many Cooks” parodies the bizarre Adult Swim video “Too Many Cooks” that took the internet by storm earlier this year.


While CNN’s rendition is not quite as demented and disturbing as the original, the fact that the cartoonish and alarming people, issues, and campaigns that it depicts actually exist (and affect American lives in a very real way), makes it just as unsettling.

From the media’s weird fixation with Marco Rubio’s infamous sip of water to Joe Biden’s trademark wink-and-point, nothing is safe in this head-spinning six minute montage. “Election 2016: Too Many Cooks” is a nonstop list of credits in the farce that is American politics. Notable characters include: Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Dr. Ben Carson, Cuba Gooding Junior as Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal in creepy slo-mo, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Vladimir Putin, National Debt, Kim Jong Un, and Donald Trump. There are awkward staged campaign videos and forced photo ops of politicians in camo, shooting guns, fishing, climbing out of dirt pits, ice skating, and more. And of course, to add the outlandish touch of evil that makes the original so truly and wonderfully weird, there’s Carly Fiorina’s horrifying “demon sheep.”

A weird but welcome move from CNN, the parody really makes you contemplate why and how American politics has become such a clusterfuck.

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