SNL skit references Ann Arbor

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:49pm

What do Drake and actress Emily Blunt have in common?  They each gave Ann Arbor a shoutout on their recent Saturday Night Live appearances.  

Last week, Blunt starred in an SNL skit titled “Short Film” that poked fun at the the city’s artsy culture.  

In the skit, Blunt, who was on the show promoting her new film, “The Girl on the Train,” plays the protagonist in a short film introduced as part of a Ann Arbor film festival, who is seen running through a forest and then, upon falling, having a moment of self-realization.  

After the screening of the film, the skit then continues with all of the cast members participating in a Q&A session. Actress Vanessa Bayer plays the sole audience member asking questions.  

Ann Arbor’s artsy reputation and its cultural attractions are well known, bolstered in particular by the Art Fair each summer and the actual film festival, held in March.

SNL’s recent sketch is not Ann Arbor’s first mention by SNL in the past year — this past May, Drake guest starred in a sketch about workplace banter at an office supply store. In it, Drake proudly displays his University of Michigan coffee mug.  

When asked if he was a Michigan fan, Drake told his coworkers, played by Beck Bennett and Bobby Moynihan, that he was born and raised in Ann Arbor and was an alumnus of the University.

Though Ann Arbor is more than 600 miles away from the Big Apple, it appears like the quaint college town remains on the writers’ minds.