Saturday Night Live perfectly preempted the Super Bowl last night. The show brought back two alums for the historical sketch Revolutionary War. Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey returned to rep their hometowns. The result was an epic New England-Philadelphia throw down.
Set in 1775, the sketch followed a celebration of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Dratch, who is from Massachusetts, bragged about Tom Brady, Dunkin’ Donuts, and their previous five wartime wins. Fey, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, dropped the Philly-isms wooder, Schuylkill River, Conshohocken, youse, Wawa, and Iggles. Dratch wore New England Patriots-colored garb, and Fey was adorned in a Kelly green dress.
Dratch and Fey have repped their hometowns for years on SNL. One of Dratch’s signature characters was Boston Teen Denise McDenna. The character was rooted in the sketch “Wicked” that Fey and Dratch performed during their pre-SNL time with Second City.
Fey last lampooned her hometown in 2016. She appeared on Weekend Update as Denise McDonough, an undecided Delaware County voter.
I loved this sketch. The segment was a perfect way to highlight the Boston-Philly rivalry. SNL not only captured the stereotypes of the two cities, but also relayed the traits that make both insufferable to the rest of the country.
The episode was hosted by Natalie Portman. Fellow SNL alum Andy Sandberg also appeared in the Digital Short “Natalie’s 2nd Rap.”