Ted Cruz Campaign Outtakes Turned Into a Sitcom and Other Hilarious Weirdness
Though it’s been an okay week for Ted Cruz in the polls—he’s now second only to Donald Trump, though at a distance of 20 percent—it’s been a pretty shitty week for the guy pretty much everywhere else. The Daily Show made fun of how everyone in Congress, both Democrat and Republican, can just barely stand to look at him. And his college roommate from Princeton, Craig Mazin—who’s since gone on to write screenplays for Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, and The Hangover III—took to Twitter to complain about how Cruz literally stank.
But nothing yielded quite the bounty of returns as the discovery of hours of commercial outtakes featuring Cruz and family being super awkward. The candidate’s team shot these scenes so super PACs would have staged footage of Cruz to use in campaign ads—walking with his family, hugging his parents and just being a good, old-fashioned, patriotic, god-fearing robot. But since collusion between candidates and super PACs is technically illegal, all that footage has to be made publicly available. So without fanfare, campaign teams upload it to YouTube where hopefully, no one will notice or care. That’s not what happened in Cruz’s case.
But enough with the descriptions, let’s get to the main event! The Daily Show brilliantly repurposed the scenes into a sitcom called “Senator Dad,” complete with laugh track, as well as a super-dark, super-surreal clip called “Cruz Control.” And then ex-Daily Show correspondent-cum-new TBS show host Samantha Bee tweeted a whole series of clips that are recontextualized so that things seem...not so great in the Cruz household. All of these are so awesome and funny that you should totally watch them, to stave off the tears for just one day. Enjoy!