Did Saturday Night Live Plagiarize This Hour Has 22 Minutes?


There’s always a first for something and this time around it’s Saturday Night Live being accused of plagiarism. That’s right, SNL writers are being accused of outright ripping off another show’s idea. Canadian show This Hour Has 22 Minutes claims that SNL‘s recent skit with a game show where contestants had to draw the Prophet Muhammad was a little to close to one they have already done. Like music it’s inevitable that no idea is original and sometimes artists borrow from time to time but you should be the judge of whether or not SNL did indeed rip off This Hour Has 22 Minutes, check out both videos below.


“I saw the clip, and I thought, ‘wow OK.’ Things cross over sometimes, but that was the most blatant I’ve ever seen,” actor and comedian Mark Critch, who stars on 22 Minutes, told the Star.
“I certainly hold no ill will towards anybody . . . I just thought it was a bit too close, but certainly no hatred or anger from any of us up here,” he said.

“What I like is when you watch the two of them side-by-side, I think ours is tighter and shorter and gets to the point better and doesn’t drag it out as much,” he said.
“If anything, it’s just a reminder to people that yeah, we have TV up here in the Great White North, and it can be pretty good sometimes.”

It’s great to see Critch have a sense of humor about the whole thing but you can sure see there is some heavy borrowing going on here. Do you think SNL writers were aware of the 22 Minutes skit? Should they admit to borrowing the idea? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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Last Updated on January 12, 2019.


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