Many American voters were disappointed to learn the second presidential debate, hosted by Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper on Sunday, wouldn't have a split screen like the first debate did. How are we supposed to know when Donald Trump rolls his eyes or Hillary Clinton shimmies? But nobody could have predicted how perfectly the town hall setup would lend itself to this "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" lip dub, and other hilarious duet memes.
Clinton and Trump were both provided with tall stools and handheld microphones, much like stand-up comics. And just as comics do, they both choose to eschew the stools in favor of pacing about the stage. And since at least one of the candidates believes that a political debate is all about interrupting and talking over your opponent, that led to a lot of screen time with both of them simultaneously wandering around the stage together, holding their microphones. You probably know where this is going, even if you didn't spend Sunday night on Twitter: duet memes. So many duet memes, each of them funnier than the last. And while still photos lent themselves more easily to the joke, some evil genius actually edited video that made the pair look like they were singing the Dirty Dancing theme.
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
The duet is even funnier when the camera cuts to the audience, revealing Bill's awestruck face next to Chelsea, who seems a little confused, then Melania and Ivanka's soulless stares, because I think that's how all four of them could actually react.
"Bullet With Butterfly Wings"?
There's no specific song attributed to this one, so I'll just take a cue from the headphones. I would pay good money to hear Clinton sing The Smashing Pumpkins' classic.
"A Whole New World"
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
I'll be honest: graphically, this one's pretty rough. But the creepy lyrics of the Christmas coercion classic more than make up for it. "What's the sense in hurting my pride?" and "How can you do this thing to me?" sound like pretty plausible Trump quotes, especially in light of Friday's audio dump. Keep an eye out for a cameo from folk hero Ken Bone name checking a certain lung infection!
The Greatest Hit Of The '90s
Click through for a mash-up of '90s hip-hop classics by the Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Bone Thungs-N-Harmony, and many, many more.
Fact: there is nothing that can't be improved with the addition of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. Nothing.
"Leather and Lace"
Do the kids these days even know "Leather and Lace," or is karaoke not cool anymore?
"Islands In The Stream"
Real talk: why are all the good duets from the early '80s? Can someone please get to work on a new one?
Remember back in 2000, when Huey Lewis and Gwenyth Paltrow made a feature-length movie just so they could record a song that was destined to play in dental office waiting rooms?
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
Trump even has a bit of choreography in this one! Thank you, internet, for making a terrible election cycle a little more bearable.