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Chain restaurants always have ridiculous commercials full of eager actors as overexcited patrons. Take this example from “SNL,” with Beck Bennett as the director and a table of Scarlett Johansson, Mikey Day, Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson as diners.

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Referring to each actor offhandedly, the director begins with Thompson: “Hey, sweater guy. Check out the restaurant. This place is nice.” The director continues with “even more impressed” and “am I in a palace?” as Kenan’s eyes get unreasonably big and wide, more like he’s meeting aliens for the first time in this episode’s cold open than excited about never-ending lasagna.


He moves on to Johansson, referring to her as “blonde hair” and asking her to contort her face like she’s Jack Nicholson playing the Joker while holding a menu that says, “May your life be as full as your plate.” Leslie Jones is “yellow top,” directed in a way that could be reasonably read as racially charged.

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All in all, it’s a ridiculous take on a just-as-ridiculous concept that might not have seemed that way before.

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