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SNL has fun with Super Bowl power outage

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It was inevitable that something related to Super Bowl XLVII would find its way into last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live.  The folks at SNL opted to poke fun at the manner in which CBS vamped its way through the 34-minute stoppage in action.

The four-man desk of folks playing James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, and Shannon Sharpe was dominated by Jay Pharoah’s impersonation of Sharpe.

At one point Pharoah is asked how players would deal with the prolonged power outage:  “Well, this is only conjecture.  But if I’m out there, and there’s been no power for 20 minutes, I start to think, ‘Who on this team are we gonna eat first?’  The obvious choice is the punter, because he’ll be easiest to catch.  But then if you need a punter late in the game, you don’t have one because you ate him.”

James Brown, played by Kenan Thompson, later was handed a document.  “Our research team has just handed me anagrams of some of the player’s names,” Thompson said.  “The letters in Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith’s name can be rearranged to spell ‘Hermit Story.’  Vernon Davis can be ‘Vain Vendors.’  And Colin Kaepernick is ‘Cocaine Kelp Rink.’”

The funniest moment came when the futile effort to fill the void resulted in the guys at the desk making admissions and Pharoah blurting out, “Ray Lewis knows who killed those people because it was him!”

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19 Responses to “SNL has fun with Super Bowl power outage”
  1. trojanwarrior007 says: Feb 10, 2013 10:00 AM

    how does SNL still stay on the air is my question.

  2. randygnyc says: Feb 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    My wife and daughter were at the live show last night because Justin bieber was host and musical guest. That was the only skit they didn’t like. Go figure.

  3. joetoronto says: Feb 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    Jay Pharoah did a lousy impersonation of Sharp, because because you could actually understand what Pharoah was saying.

  4. mrone50 says: Feb 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    They poked fun at Dan Marino too.

  5. jlporcher says: Feb 10, 2013 10:14 AM

    I felt like the whole show was hilarious last night. Bieber was pretty funny also definitely surprised me, could of done without him singing so much in some skits though. The super bowl skit ending was definitely the best part bringing up Dan Marino’s affair and the Ray Lewis bit.

  6. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 10, 2013 10:20 AM

    They should have asked Steve Tasker o show his Super Bowl rings… Oh wait… My bad.

  7. Gordon says: Feb 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    That was funny?

  8. umainebearman says: Feb 10, 2013 10:28 AM

    And today that guy is getting his resume together and starting his job hunt. Maybe he can get on a show that people actually watch?

  9. rmc1995 says: Feb 10, 2013 10:30 AM

    If the funniest moment was making reference to a tired and played out Ray Lewis misconception, I’m glad I was actually out doing something last night rather than watching TV.

  10. edgarallan926 says: Feb 10, 2013 10:37 AM

    When Ray Lewis said that you aren’t qualified to ask about the murders, this is why

  11. CKL says: Feb 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    I don’t watch SNL, but I thought that skit was pretty funny. Nice plug too, well played! The guy who played James Brown was pretty good.

  12. noring4youstill says: Feb 10, 2013 11:34 AM

    Wait people still watch?

  13. 6ball says: Feb 10, 2013 11:52 AM


    I thought ” the coach ” was particularly insightful last night.


  14. pinion8ted says: Feb 10, 2013 12:22 PM

    I was honestly having a sip of coffee when I read this story, and yes, when I got to the line “but then if you need a punter late in the game, you don’t have one because you ate him”, I did an honest-to-God “spit take” all over the wall beside the computer.

    Damn you, PFT!

  15. hutch119 says: Feb 10, 2013 12:22 PM

    It’s funny cause it’s true

  16. tooz56 says: Feb 10, 2013 1:23 PM

    truth hurts huh ? Stop promoting a lame show that no one watches anymore just because you are under the same NBC corporate umbrella. You are better then that.

  17. briang123 says: Feb 10, 2013 1:39 PM

    That was a terrible impression of Sharpe. I could almost understand every word he said and the guy was way too intelligent.

  18. raiders757 says: Feb 10, 2013 5:16 PM

    Last nights show was rather boring and not very funny at all. Bieber wasn’t funny in the least bit, and anyone who thinks he was funny has a couple of screws loose in their head. The show is, and has been for over a decade, in dire need of makeover. It’s just not all that funny anymore.

  19. rc33 says: Feb 11, 2013 4:18 PM

    This show should’ve been put to rest a decade ago.

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