Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader who is fast building a global profile, appeared on the US comedy fixture the Daily Show.
Sturgeon’s mischievous side was brought out by the host Jon Stewart’s signature relentless teasing.
When the First Minister revealed that she has ordered an inquiry into the three Scottish seats the SNP didn’t win, Stewart quipped:
“So you think you’re Saddam Hussein? You get 99 per cent?”
“I think you should always aim for more,” Sturgeon fired back.
Watch clips of the interview here:
In another humorous exchange, Stewart asked his guest how much oil Scotland has: “How much are we talking about here? May we invade you?… How much oil are we talking about?”
Sturgeon replied, facing the audience: “I think this is progress because you just heard there Jon, presumably on behalf of the United States, asking permission to invade an oil-producing country. It doesn’t usually work that way.”
Stewart responded, “See that – you are a comedian!” (The show had accidentally billed Sturgeon on its website as a comedian).