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'SNL' Mocks Carnival Cruise in Cold Open (Video)

Two crew members make a joke about the Pope’s resignation, North Korea’s nuclear test, and Oscar Pistorius’ murder charge.

SNL Cold Open Feb 16 - H 2013
NBC
Cecily Strong and Jason Sudeikis

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 for days 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 a rather ballsy move, the SNL sketch included a joke referencing the alleged murder of Olympian Oscar Pistorius girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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The crew members attempted to cheer up the passengers by reading headlines from the week’s newspapers (delivered via helicopter). But each story was more depressing than the previous: The Pope resigned, the North Koreans tested a nuke, and that "uplifting" Oscar Pistorius? He was accused of murdering his girlfriend.

They finally find a story they think will do the trick:

“You think you guys have it bad? Well, how about this: '4,000 stranded on a cruise' -- Oh. That’s about us.”

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Other horrible forms of entertainment included a comedian doing a bad Chris Rock impersonation and the ship’s own captain trying to do a Michael Jackson impression.

SNL airs at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.