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I know Saturday Night Live is taped in New York, so of course there is going to be a New York-centric feel to it. But it bugs me when they make references to things that New Yorkers find funny, but the rest of the country ends up scratching their collective heads. For example:

1. On occasion, on some of the older shows, they'd do a commercial spoof with a manic pitchman who would claim he has set prices so low that he must be "insane!!!!" Evidently, this is based on some real guy (Crazy Eddie I think) in the New York area. The studio audience ate it up, but we were wondering what was so dang funny.

2. The whole Leona Helmsley fiasco. SNL milked this one to death when this was going on. The rest of us knew a little about it, but outside of New York, it certainly wasn't in the top 20 news stories on any given night.

3. Billy Crystal, when he was a regular back in the mid 80's, did a take-off on Joe Franklin and his talk show. At the time, I just assumed he was making up some original character, since Martin Short would be a frequent guest as Jackie Rogers, Jr., another fake original character. Imagine my surprise when we finally got cable that had WWOR(?) from NY, and there was The Joe Franklin Show on late night TV. I guess SNL assumed everyone had cable with this station on its line-up?

4. Just last week, after the capture of that Bin Laden associate, they showed his picture on the fake news, and Jimmy Fallon says he looks just like the "[something about making donuts]" guy. Sounds like a pitchman for a donut chain. It got a big laugh. Now maybe this is aired nationally; I don't watch enough TV to know for sure. But my hunch is this is some guy on another local or regional advertisement that is lost on the vast majority of the viewing audience.

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