‘SNL’ Reimagines Oscar the Grouch as ‘Joker’-Esque Antihero Origin Story

IndieWire | 10/13/2019 | Staff
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Did we need a dark take on Oscar the Grouch? That’s the question posed by a new “SNL” skit that pokes fun at the hotly controversial new film “Joker,” which remains a topic of conversation as the film concludes its second weekend at the box office.

On last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” host David Harbour (star of “Stranger Things”) hilariously plays a garbageman named Oscar, wherein “the once friendly neighborhood of Sesame Street has now become a haven of crime and corruption.” Many of your favorite “Sesame Street” characters make appearances, including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, the Count, the Cookie Monster, and Elmo — all of whom appear in dressed-down, gritty fashion. Cast members Heidi Gardner, Chloe Fineman, Kenan Thompson, and more are all game to send up the Joaquin Phoenix-starring thriller that has set the world ablaze.

Skit - Look - Feel - Joker - Toned-down

The skit impressively recreates the look and feel of “Joker” with, which its toned-down, anemic colors and hopeless vision of an early 1980s New York City crammed with gaudy period detail, offers up a canny impersonation of a good movie.

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