By Christopher Arnott
10:16 AM EDT, June 5, 2013
The 2012-13 season of Saturday Night Live ended a couple of weeks ago. While the show still proudly screams “Live from New York!” at the beginning of every episode, another city made an unusual amount of appearances: New Haven.
One of those stories was previously mentioned on ct.now, here. http://www.ctnow.com/entertainment/restaurants/a-la-carte/ctn-bun-lai-miyas-sushi-of-new-haven-get-star-turn-on-saturday-night-live-20130519,0,5806890.column
I was read on the final episode of the season by News Update guest co-anchor Amy Poehler: “A sushi chef in Connecticut is planning to use cicadas this summer in some of his recipes. Said the chef, ‘ I’m trying to get fired.’” The unfunnier real-life story it’s playing off of is that the restaurant is Miya’s on Howe Street, and the person proposing to turn cicadas into food is the award-winning co-owner of this decades-old family-run business, Bun Lai. Bun has distinguished himself as a modern, ecologically sensitive chef who often experiments with invasive species in his recipes.
There was a previous News Update item back in the fall and delivered by Seth Meyers. Again, it misstated local news for comic effect. The original story was about the Lincoln Oak on New Haven Green getting uprooted by a storm, and a skull being found underneath it. The punchline on the show required the tree to be in a homeowner’s backyard, and the property owner saying “Yeah, yeah, an old burial ground” or somesuch, as if the bones had gotten there some other way. Which didn’t fit with the reality of the tree being in a public park that has a cemetery under it. But hey, you know, any New Haven reference on SNL’s cool.
The oddest New Haven sketch aired in January when Adam Levine was the gust host, and is set at a fundraiser in a New Haven fire station, with a screeching Bill Hader excoriating his ex-girlfriend to the bemusement of his colleagues. (One of the firefighters tells Hader “You just unplugged the dehumidifier. You clearly just want the attention.”) You can find it here.
No conceivable connection to real-life New Haven can be found herein. But any pretext for Bill Hader to squeal and roll his eyes should be savored.
Bill Hader and Fred Armisen (whose own fave non-NYC city to reference would be Portland) have officially left Saturday Night Live, with Jason Sudeikis rumored to be gone as well. If new cast members are sought, how about… New Haven.
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