Saturday Night Live tackled the Carnival Cruise disaster in its cold open, showing two crew members (played by Jason Sudeikis and Cecily Strong) trying to entertain the ill-fated passengers of the ship that became stranded after a small fire.
Sudeikis’ character praises the passengers, saying they looked pretty great for people who haven’t showered in four days.
Then, in rather ballsy move, the SNL sketch included a joke which referenced the alleged murder of Olympian Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The crew members attempted to cheer up the passengers by reading headlines from the week’s newspapers (delivered via a helicopter). But each story is more depressing than the rest: the Pope resigned, the North Koreans tested a nuke, and that "uplifting" Oscar Pistorius? He is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
They finally find a story they think will make the passengers realize they don’t have it so bad.
“You think you guys have it bad? Well how about this: 4,000 stranded on a cruise…oh that’s about us.”
Other forms of entertainment included a comedian who wished he were Chris Rock and the ship’s own captain trying to do a Michael Jackson impersonation.
We’ll post video as soon as it’s made available online.
SNL airs at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.
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