Watch a Perfect Ayn Rand Parody With Rob Delaney

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Oct. 29 2012 8:30 AM

The Ayn Rand Show, With Rob Delaney

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Michaela Watkins as Ayn Rand

This summer we learned what Ayn Rand was actually like as a talk show guest, by watching old videos of her chatting with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Now we get a glimpse of what she might have been like as a talk show host, thanks to comedy writer Alex Fernie and the actress Michaela Watkins, who terrifically impersonates the author below.

Rand's unlikely first guest is the comedian Rob Delaney, who, in addition to telling an impressive number of jokes about bodily fluids in his stand-up act, also maintains one of the most prominent Romney-mocking Twitter feeds. I'm guessing that Paul Ryan, whose love for Atlas Shrugged helped make Rand-mocking current again, is not a fan.

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In any case, enjoy. And when you're done, check out George Saunders's account at The New Yorker of what it was like to be Ayn Rand's lover.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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