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Jodi Arias & Ariel Castro Mocked In ‘SNL’ Skit

Sun, May 12, 2013 12:23pm EDT by 9 Comments
Saturday Night Live Jodi Arias Ariel Castro
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Leave it to the funny people of ‘Saturday Night Live’ to turn this week’s biggest news stories into parodies. Keep reading to watch the hilarious skit.

The nation and the media could not stop talking about Jodi Arias’ murder trial and Ariel Castro’s ghastly kidnappings during the week of May 5. Meanwhile, the House Committee in Washington, D.C. could hardly do a thing to get the public interested in the hearings on Benghazi. Well, Saturday Night Live figured out a surefire way to increase the Committe’s publicity.

Jodi Arias Testifies At The Benghazi Hearings?

Just invite Jodi and Ariel to the hearings, of course! A skit that appeared to just be a riff on the House Committee took a sharp lefthand turn when they announced the first “witness,” Jodi Arias.

“I’m sorry, but Ms. Arias is a 32-year-old woman who was just convicted of killing her boyfriend,” says cast member Kenan Thompson. “I fail to see what possible insights, or expertise that she could bring to events in Benghazi.” Kenan turns out to be right — Jodi’s just a publicity stunt, she actually hadn’t even heard of the attacks in Benghazi until the day of the hearing!

“Is it still going on,” Jodi (played incredibly by Nasim Pedrad) cluelessly asks. She’s completely useless on the topic of Benghazi, but the chair of the House Committee does get to ask if she lied when she claimed self-defense in killing Travis Alexander.

“Oh totally — he never laid a hand on me,” she says. And when the chairman agrees that the defense sounded fishy to him, Jodi drops the line of the skit: “You and the jury!”

Ariel Castro Shows Up On ‘SNL’

But don’t think it stops there — the House Committee still needs better ratings. “What next!? The guy from Cleveland who kept those women in his basement?” Kenan asks. And well, yes.

Ariel Castro (played by Bobby Moynihan) makes a quick appearance, looking creepy as ever, and expresses his disappointment that Kenan has foiled the Committee’s plans: “Hey, does this mean I don’t get to testify,” he asks in slimy disappointment.

The whole skit is a humorous take on how the media prefers sensationalism, and how futile the efforts to get people to pay attention to government hearings are. Though it may have been too soon to bust out Ariel Castro in a sketch (we can’t decide if it crossed the line or not), the Jodi Arias stuff was hilarious and perfectly done.

Watch it below and let us know what you think, HollywoodLifers!

WATCH: ‘Saturday Night Live’ C-Span Benghazi Hearing Cold Open

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