As Saturday Night Live gears up for its first new episode since November, the show is looking for the right person to play presidential hopeful Barack Obama - as long as they can play "irritating."

Exec producer Lorne Michaels told the New York Post, "Three months ago, we would have approached this with a different kind of thinking," But, he continued, "Once you settle in with someone, you start to notice things about them that are mildly irritating."

While the show's one black male cast member, Keenan Thompson, had been thought to be the man for the faux campaign, SNL's now holding auditions. So far, the only appearance of an Obama character on the show was by the real thing, when the candidate played himself last fall. - Anna Dimond

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