NBC/”Saturday Night Live”
Some members of the legendary Los Angeles comedy troupe Groundlings were completely livid when they saw Saturday Night Live this last week.
They were so angry because NBC’s late-night comedy show featured a ripped off sketch ridiculing a trio of Tina Turner impersonators on a cruise ship. Guest host Sarah Silverman played one of the performers.
Ian Gary, a teacher at the Groundlings, wrote on his Facebook page that the SNL sketch was a rip-off of a Groundlings sketch performed by Vanessa Ragland and Kimberly Condict.
‘’This is fucked up. This is stupid. And we have the means to make people aware of blatant rip offs of other peoples material. It doesn’t need to be a witch hunt. It doesn’t need to be pointing fingers, assigning blame, or taking sides. But a simple case of what’s right and wrong.’’
Gary also noted that the relationship between the Groundlings and SNL has always been symbiotic: many SNL cast members have come from the troupe, including Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, Phil Hartman and Laraine Newman.
A source close to the show said that the sketch was not a rip-off.
“It’s a common idea since Tina Turner is such an iconic figure. The similarities represent parallel thinking in the comedy world.”
— Lee Newton (@leenewtonsays) October 5, 2014