Usain Bolt SNL: Track Star Should Continue Comedic Cameos After Hilarious Sketch

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIOctober 15, 2012

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 11:  Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt attends the Nissan GT-R promotional event at the Nissan Motor Co., headquarters on October 11, 2012 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.  (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt made a brief appearance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend and the track star should continue making comedic appearances in the future after his hilarious cameo.

The legendary sketch comedy show is once again getting laughs at the expense of the central figures in the upcoming presidential election. This weekend, Jason Sudeikis resumed his role as Vice President Joe Biden, while Taran Killam played Congressman Paul Ryan.

The two comedians mocked the recent vice presidential debate, and used Bolt to poke fun at an incident in which Ryan lied about his marathon time.  The sketch involves Ryan claiming to have won the 100-meter race at the Olympics this summer, after which he brings Bolt onto the stage to confirm the statement.

The track star—who won the event at both the London and Beijing games—enlightens Ryan as to who actually finished first at the race, then gives the audience a thumbs up and a giant toothy smile before walking off the set. 

Bolt has displayed his lively personality on the track, celebrating with mascots and cameramen after winning the 100-meter dash this summer. He may not be the next Peyton Manning, but he can certainly be as entertaining as Eli.

As the greatest sprinter of his generation and one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, he should have a nearly limitless amount of opportunities for commercials and cameos. His acting chops may not be refined enough to take on a task like hosting SNL, but a few more humorous TV ads (like the one he did for Sportscenter) would be entertaining and would allow him to remain in the spotlight during the four years between Olympic games.

It may be time for Geico to ditch Brian Orakpo and start an ad campaign with Bolt. Subway could add him to their roster of sandwich-selling Olympic athletes, and after that, he will be on his way. He could even follow Manning, Tiger Woods and Shaquille O’Neal and become the next athlete to completely fail to convince the public that they would ever drive a Buick. 

Ultimately, Bolt is a mega star with plenty of personality. Once he is comfortable in front of the camera, he certainly has the potential to be an entertaining spokesman, in addition to making occasional cameos on sketch comedy and a talk shows.