*What’s originality got to do…got to do with it?
“Saturday Night Live” is accused of ripping off its recent sketch involving a group of Tina Turner impersonators musing about random things while performing “Rollin’” at a rundown casino.
According to Ian Gary, a teacher at The Groundlings in Los Angeles, the comedy troupe’s Vanessa Bruiser Ragland and Kimberly Condict have been performing this bit for weeks — and doing it better, the two claim on Twitter. [Watch both versions below.]
“Over the years I have seen MANY, MANY sketches flat out stolen from my friends by Saturday Night Live,” Gary wrote on Facebook. “Nearly verbatim. Word for word… And everyone in our community goes ‘Oh man. That sucks.’ and nobody says anything because I guess SNL is still some dream for some people or they don’t want to get involved, or a million other reasonable things that stop people from standing up for each other when things are blatantly wrong.”
A source close to the SNL cast said the writers had no knowledge of the Groundlings sketch, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Watch both versions below: