The season opener of Saturday Night Live is drawing some heat from the web and critics out there, not because of the glut of guests (there was that), but mainly because of a skit involving tiny hats. The story goes as this, the [adult swim] show Tim & Eric had a sketch “Tiny Hats” in the second season of their show in 2007.
Fast forward to a skit on SNL that aired this weekend called “Ladies Who Lunch” that had some of the same subject matter. Fans are crying foul, launching online campaigns and demanding apologies from SNL. So far, no one is claiming wrongdoing. Tim Heidecker was alerted by fans via Twitter and has joined in on the fight. The videos have been presented for comparison and for you to make your own decision on it.
The Tim & Eric skit
and the SNL skit.
Though we understand that both sketches have the same subject matter, they are both used to net different results, and each bit starts and ends completely differently. The SNL skit is more about the competition between the ladies while the the Tim & Eric skit is about oddball effect in daily situations. It’s a tough call and not as blatant as some are making it to be. Many funny people write jokes about the same subject matter – for example, multiple comedians have jokes about how much they hate their spouse, or have shitty kids. But we could probably all agree these jokes can be very different when told by different comedians.
With that being said, there’s a great clip that ran on College Humor with their take on all of this.