Posted on May 13, 2008,

SNL’s Weekend Update Parodies Grand Theft Auto

Above you’ll see an SNL Weekend Update segment mocking the biggest videogame release of the year, GTA IV. Niko and Vlad from the game come on to defend the criticisms of Liberty City, but apparently just show off GTA‘s poor animations.(?) While I didn’t find that part of it all that funny (and it was clearly the focal point), the idea that they tried to pull off jokes about something so subtle on a mainstream TV show speaks volumes about the success of the game. I never thought anything of the animation in the game; I’m not sure if they were exaggerating or if I’m just used to imperfect videogame animation.

The whole, “I will beat you!” was kinda funny, at least. I think the SNL Digital Shorts guys would be better suited for a GTA skit, though. For now, the Chappelle’s Show GTA skit remains the king of GTA parodies.

The name’s Chappelle.

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9 Comments on SNL’s Weekend Update Parodies Grand Theft Auto

Shawn Sines

On May 13, 2008 at 11:51 am

The Late Late Show monologue was so much better than this drek.


On May 13, 2008 at 12:00 pm

All I’m getting is this :sad:

Dumb xenophobic video hosting sites :evil:

What is this? It's not it, it's ME!

On May 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Burn in hell, hulu….


On May 13, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Here’s a YouTube link:


On May 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I agree with you Chris. They overly exaggerated the animations. I don’t think any GTA game has been that poorly animated. Yes, you might experience two or three animation glitches from some characters when you play the game, but it’s nowhere near as bad as they portrayed it to be.

I believe they may have gone with the animation thing since the overall writing in that parody was poor. I honestly didn’t find any of it funny. I think the SNL writers just wanted to mention the game somewhere in the show, but didn’t know how to bring it up.

Too bad SNL. You guys could have really showed your comedy writing chops with that segment, but all you get is an Epic Fail.


On May 13, 2008 at 12:25 pm

@ Chris

Thanks for the YouTube link (although it sucked lol)

On May 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Thanks for the youtube link so those of us outside of the states could watch it… nothing spectacular though… I was expecting something that was at least a LITTLE bit funny, but this was just plain stupid. The way they moved was amusing, but not a fair comparison of the game.

Spectre J

On May 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Not funny. Then again, I find most SNL skits nowadays are just that. Who thought this was funny?

I can’t believe the show is still on the air. Hasn’t been consistently funny in years.


On May 14, 2008 at 2:55 am

Who watches SNL anymore?