Does this sketch from a Los Angeles comedy school look familiar?
Two actresses in Los Angeles (and many others) think so. They've accused the Saturday Night Live writers of ripping off their material for a sketch on the show this weekend.
In the skit, host Sarah Silverman and cast members Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata played Tina Turner impersonators on a Nebraska riverboat. The three swap sob stories while performing Turner's “Proud Mary.”
Two members of sketch comedy school performed a very similar skit for six weeks this summer. One of the actresses posted on her Facebook page:
A video of the SNL skit isn't on NBC's website but you can find it on Hulu.
A SNL insider who declined to be named said “It's a common idea since Tina Turner is such an iconic figure. The similarities represent parallel thinking in the comedy world.”
What do you think? "Parallel comedy thinking" or a real rip-off?