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Tim and Eric vs. 'SNL' in the Battle of Tiny Hat

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 27th 2010 3:00PM
Did 'SNL' rip off Tim and Eric?Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are well aware of their influence on the comedy world. They had their own little corner of insanity at Adult Swim with 'Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!' for five seasons, and have been all over the rest of TV with their spots for Old Spice.

In March, the comedians told Maxim they saw a sketch on 'Saturday Night Live' that looked like it could have been one of their own. But this weekend, fans spotted another sketch on the season premiere of 'SNL' that looked like one they already have done. Did 'SNL' steal a skit from Tim and Eric?

The sketch in question, called "Ladies Who Lunch," featured a woman who starts a fashion trend with "tiny hats." That, according to Vulture, sent Tim and Eric fans to Twitter to cry foul. Why? Because Tim and Eric had a sketch that was literally called "Tiny Hats."

Vulture spoke with Heidecker, who said he wasn't very concerned about the situation, but he did mention that he "found it to be very similar to our sketch, surprisingly similar."

If you watch the two sketches (posted below), what's obvious is that, while the sketches have different premises, they both center around small prop hats and feature the phrase "tiny hats." There is often a lot of parallel thinking in comedy, but if we were matching this up as a comic fingerprint, 'CSI' style, there would be a lot of matches.

Here are the sketches. Judge for yourself, then take our poll.

Tim and Eric: "Tiny Hats"

'SNL': "Ladies Who Lunch"

Did 'SNL' rip off Tim and Eric's Tiny Hats?
Yes, the sketches are way too similar.215 (58.7%)
No, they both ripped off the "tiny hats" concept from circus clowns.117 (32.0%)
Who cares? I hate comedy and laughter.34 (9.3%)

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Just to clear the air, I think this next example is indisputable proof of SNL stealing ideas off of youtube. During the same show, SNL faux commercial "Hair Restoration" was almost a shot for shot rip off of HBO Hardcore TV from the 80's "Pubic Hair Club for Men".


September 28 2010 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If SNL stole that from Tim and Eric, I'm glad I've never seen their show. That sketch sucked.

September 27 2010 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The hat is merely a prop, the skit itself plays out different (and much more pathetically) than the Tim and Eric skit.

Wow, that was a lame SNL skit. That box that said "Dolls" in the Tim and Eric skit was funnier than that entire thing.

September 27 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They also ripped off this Current TV skit from November 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ7nBugejXs with this commercial parody: http://www.hulu.com/watch/134720/saturday-night-live-broadview-security

September 27 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the SNL sketch was in response to appearance of tiny hats on the runways during fashion week - but if you're going to accuse them of stealing, I'd wait until it's a funnier sketch.

September 27 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

neither was funny, so who cares?

September 27 2010 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SNL skit featuring Norm McDonald as The Bandit Burt Reynolds: During a round of Celebrity Jeopardy, Burt Reynolds disappears backstage and comes out in a giant black cowboy hat.

"It's funny because it's bigger than a normal hat".

New skit, tiny hats. It's funny because it's smaller than a normal hat.

I say SNL did it first.

September 27 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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