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Debate and Switch
Nick Apponetta (Bill Hader) is a politics geek of the highest rank. He’s also the runaway star of GlobeWeekly, a satirical political sketch show on which he’s best known for his wildly acclaimed impersonation of sleazy, motormouthed vice-presidential candidate Senator Wes Williams (Bill Hader), whom he just happens to look exactly like. But Nick has always dreamed of getting into politics for real — and while he sticks to the show’s claim that “we just make fun of the news, we don’t make it,” he still yearns for campaign buses, VFW fundraisers, and town hall debates. So when Senator Williams appears on GlobeWeekly for a sneaker-upper sketch and jokes backstage that he and Nick should just switch places for the rest of the campaign, Nick immediately jumps on board with the idea. The plan goes off without a hitch initially: Nick uses his surprisingly deep knowledge of current affairs to actually win the VP debate, while Senator Williams isn’t too lame a hand in the GlobeWeekly writers room. They manage to fool each others’ significant others (though Williams throws a hitch into the plan when he proposes to the girl Nick had planned to break up with), and even presidential candidate Governor Bob Beaumont (Paul Giamatti) believes their ruse. But two people aren’t buying the act — GlobeWeekly head writer Janet Campbell (Parker Posey) and Willams’ speechwriter, razor-sharp Harvard grad Zooey Fareedi (Nasim Pedrad). And when their scheme begins to unravel, thanks to a nosy New York Times reporter (Elijah Wood), there’s no telling what will happen…