I completely missed last night’s Saturday Night Live because of the the vicious storm and subsequent power outages that hit the New York metro region. It wasn’t until I logged on to Twitter and saw a mini-flurry of tweets about the “Talk Show with Ravish” sketch that I realized something was up (and it wasn’t funny).
You can watch the sketch over at Hulu. For those who don’t feel like clicking over, imagine every South Asian American stereotype imaginable crammed into just over four and a half minutes: “funny” accents, a child prodigy son that was so completely emasculated that he was played by a woman (Nasim Pedrad), overbearing parents, a hodgepodge of random desi religious imagery on the set, and so much more. The writers also helpfully set the piece in Edison, NJ.
This Ultrabrown post explains everything that was wrong with the bit better than I could, all I can add is that I was extremely uncomfortable watching this. If you are like me and are now longing to see something that laughs with us instead of at us, here’s Russell Peters’ “How to Become Canadian” monologue:
(Hat tip: @manish_vij)