A recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch mocking the controversy over drawing the Prophet Muhammad is strikingly similar to a sketch that aired on the Canadian sketch comedy show “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.”
Here’s the “22 Minutes” sketch, posted on YouTube on January 14, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo shooting:
…And here’s the SNL sketch, which aired this past weekend.
Again, the similarities are pretty striking. Both sketches feature a married couple playing a TV game show (inexplicably set in a living room), with the husband being asked to draw Muhammad for one million dollars. After a minute or so of hemming and hawing, the wife humorously manages to guess the answer anyways.
Conservative podcaster Steven Crowder immediately noticed the similarity between the two sketches. “The ‘Draw Muhammad’ SNL sketch has been making the rounds,” he wrote Monday morning. “Only problem is that it’s been done before. On Canadian television… exactly.” (RELATED: BuzzFeed Uncovers Possible Plagiarism In Democratic Congressman’s Op-Ed)
One of the actors from the Canadian version of the sketch, Shaun Majumder addressed the controversy on Twitter. “Wow if only we could steal some of their budget. #GreatMindsThinkAlike,” he joked.