Mitt Romney not yet decided on 'SNL' cameo, wife Ann says

(CNN) - She is seen by some as a spouse who can soften the sometimes stiff demeanor of her husband, Mitt Romney.

But Ann Romney isn't sure if her husband - a notorious prankster and jokester -- will deliver a few punch lines himself on "Saturday Night Live." If he appears on the famous Studio 8H stage, she says she'd go on camera, too.

"Of course that would be a great thrill," Ann Romney said Thursday on "Entertainment Tonight." "Who knows when or how, but I think at some point, it would be fun for him to do that."

"SNL" has made more than a few jokes at her husband's expense this election cycle, portraying him as rich and out of touch, perfectly coiffed and uncomfortable even in his own den.

That caricature of her husband couldn't be more off. "They're not accurate, but they're funny," she said. "Actually, Mitt is a very funny guy."

Among the inaccuracies is actor Jason Sudeikis' representation of Romney's hair.

"He doesn't comb his hair when we're not going places," she said. "It's like, all over the place."

Earlier this month, the candidate said that he hadn't decided whether he would accept an invitation to the program.

"Of course it would depend on the nature of the skit. I want it to be funny," he said in an interview with ABC News.

Though he hasn't appeared on the program, a reference to it has slipped into his stump speech.

"President Obama thinks he is doing a good job. I am not kidding. He actually thinks he is doing a great job, an historically great job," Romney said at a rally in Appleton, Wisconsin.

"According to the president, only Lincoln and FDR and Lyndon Johnson have accomplished more. And no, we didn't say that on 'Saturday Night Live,' " he quipped.

Campaigning in 2008, Obama landed a speaking role on the program. In his first appearance, he wore a mask of himself to a Halloween party hosted by actors portraying Bill and Hillary Clinton.

"Who is that under there?" the actress playing Clinton asked.

"Well, you know, Hillary, I have nothing to hide," the real Obama said, pulling off the mask. "I'm not gonna change who I am just because it's Halloween."

Another scheduled appearance for the then-Democratic presidential contender was canceled as a hurricane roared up the East Coast.

Romney has stuck to other late night programs this cycle, delivering the "Top 10 things you don't know about Mitt Romney" on David Letterman's program.

"I got into politics for the piles and piles of paperwork," Romney teased.

He answered questions more seriously in a March visit to Jay Leno's couch.

Obama wasn't the only 2008 presidential hopeful to appear on "SNL." Clinton and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin appeared alongside actresses who bore uncanny resemblances to the political figures.

But is a cameo on the longtime NBC show a necessary stepping stone to the Oval Office? The show's head writer broached the subject in an interview with New York Magazine this week.

Myers advice, which he deadpanned, for Romney: "I could tell him, 'Look, Giuliani did it, Palin did it, McCain did it, and they were all president."


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