Charles Barkley and Chris Redd’s FanDuel commercial has divided people into two camps. Some find the “SNL” cast member’s impression of the NBA legend funny while others think it sounds nothing like him.
In the camp of those who didn’t find the commercial funny, most seem to find Redd’s mimicry of Barkley lacking in accuracy or comedic value. @RickSnip_ summed the sentiment up succinctly, tweeting, “That ‘SNL’ dude in the FanDuel commercial legit has the worst Barkley impression I’ve ever heard.” Some thought Redd simply wasn’t right for the job and suggested other “Saturday Night Live” cast members might be better suited to the task. Twitter users @ArgeniFS wrote, “I like Chris Redd. He’s a funny dude but FanDuel couldn’t get Kenan [Thompson] for that commercial?” Other people had no idea who Redd is but thought his Barkley impression was trash all the same. @TheJShield tweeted, “Whoever [that] that person is trying to impersonate Charles Barkley in that FanDuel commercial is NOT FUNNY. It is one of the worst Charles Barkley impersonations I’ve ever heard.”
Meanwhile, a similarly large contingent of viewers found the FanDuel spot funny and didn’t think it warranted too much scrutiny. “That Fanduel commercial with Barkley is jokes,” tweeted @GetOffMyDelta. Some commenters found Redd endearing and were happy to see him booking work, which some “SNL” stars struggle to do. That sentiment was encapsulated by sports writer @jon_greenberg, who wrote, “Get that FanDuel money, @Reddsaidit! Might be the only good gambling commercial out there.”