Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. General Sports

Keenan Thompson gets a shout out from David Ortiz for ‘SNL’ Obama selfie skit

See also

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made headlines last week when he snapped a selfie with President Barack Obama during the team’s visit to the White House. The photo caused a stir because word got out that it was a promotional stunt encouraged by Samsung. Of course “Saturday Night Live” provided a spoof skit of Big Papi. Actor Keenan Thompson played the role of Ortiz and according to Yahoo Sports on April 13, Thompson received thumbs up from the Red Sox DH.

Both Ortiz and Samsung have denied reports of the stunt, as Ortiz has an endorsement deal with the company. But it didn’t stop “SNL” from making fun of the situation and in the process, imitating Big Papi. Thompson did a good job capturing both the mannerisms and personality of the MLB star. The four-minute skit covered the selfie, Ortiz’s pronunciation of Samsung and other promotional deals.

Thompson also nailed Ortiz’s accent, telling “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost that he was paid “100,000…chickens” by Samsung for the now infamous White House selfie. That just triggered talk about a “big Dominican lunch” held at the White House visit. Chik-Fil-A even got a shout out in the skit, as Ortiz named the fast food chain as one of his endorsements because he loves chicken so much.

Overall, “SNL” and Keenan Thompson did a good job at bringing light to the controversy that surrounded the photo and captured all the enthusiasm of Big Papi. Ortiz is currently in New York with the Red Sox involved in a four-game series with the New York Yankees, but proved just how much of a good sport he is. On Sunday, Ortiz gave his own endorsement for Thompson. He gave him a thumps up by tweeting, “Have to give a shout out to #Keenan Thompson for that skit on @nbcsnl.”



  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    MLB Rumors
  • Hottest WNBA players
    Dig in to this WNBA slideshow and see what has Drake so hot and bothered
    20 Photos
  • Feeling groovy: The truth about Adam Wainwright and the grooved Derek Jeter pitch
    MLB News
  • Rory's dad cashes in
    Rory McIlroy's dad Gerry cashes in on $342,000 bet on son's British Open win
  • Bob Burnquist interview
    Examiner exclusive: Skateboarding legend Bob Burnquist talks Dew Tour and Toyota
  • 40-year-old cheerleader
    40-year-old mom Kriste Lewis becomes New Orleans Saints cheerleader
    NFL News