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Super Bowl Blackout Video: Watch Hilarious 'SNL' Spoof of Power Outage

Donald WoodFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 15, 2017

Saturday Night Live is always good for a few good laughs, and the cast’s spoof of the power outage at the 2013 Super Bowl was hilarious.

The scene is set in the midst of the power outage when CBS was forced to go to its halftime and pregame team (James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher and Shannon Sharpe).

When this actually happened during the Super Bowl, the lack of prepared material for the panel made the banter feel awkward and forced, and it was only a matter of time before SNL spoofed the situation.

It may be a week later, but the jokes are still funny.

After being told that it will be another 15 minutes before the lights come back on, the actors portraying the NFL legends start to panic. That sets the stage for the entire scene.

Brown tosses it to sideline reporter Steve Tasker, who adds nothing to the conversation and asks not to have to speak again. Tasker then refuses to add anything else through the entire segment.

It’s clear that none of the participants have anything more to say after an extensive pregame show and having just concluding their halftime segment, and the genuine awkwardness makes this scene amazing.

Add the random CBS plugs everywhere—just like during the actual Super Bowl—and this is exactly what everyone imagined when forced to watch the real-life banter among these men during the power outage.

From the random commercial to the player names in anagram form, the cast and writers on SNL make this scene hilarious.

The opening segment to the show was well done and well executed, making it one of the funniest spoofs so far in 2013.


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