ALBANY – The real Albany made its latest appearance on Saturday Night Live Saturday night, this time as the setting for a fictional news station whose hailstorm coverage doesn’t go exactly as expected.
Albany’s reference comes in with the news station itself – “News 5 Center Albany.” And if there’s any confusion on which Albany they’re in, that gets cleared up with SNL’s Ego Nwodim and Alex Moffat anchoring in front of the news desk backdrop – the Capital Region’s very own Albany skyline.
The rest of the sketch veers away from the known Albany news coverage area, to the fictional “nearby” town of Pebble Falls, who the anchors not only point out the nearness of the town, but also its motto: “Come for the ice cream, stay for the big wooden nickel.”
The news anchors then go on to interview residents of this nearby town as the residents are on scene and the anchors remain at their anchor desk. The setup provides several return views to Albany’s skyline on the news set as the residents describe hail the size of golf balls and the interviews go on from there.
Instead of spoiling the rest of the sketch, the video is below.
This weekend’s sketch also provides more understanding of the Albany-area media market, at least according to SNL. The show referenced Albany most recently in a sketch from almost exactly two years ago, Nov. 3, 2018. That reference also came in a local TV news setting, but at a different fictional Albany-area station.
That sketch centered on “KCR News Albany – Albany’s Favorite News Team.” There was no mention of News 5 as Albany’s favorite in its sketch, which might be good news for KCR and its presumed interest in retaining that title.
The previous sketch is below, though note an early joke tailored to the 11:30 p.m. hour in which it originally aired.
Before that, the real Howe Caverns in Schoharie County got its own shoutout from the show in 2017 as a pennant from the destination made it into the background of another sketch.
Hey, catching up on last night’s SNL and, look at that, Howe Caverns got some love. (Good jeans, not so much) pic.twitter.com/an4RnB0mFg
— Steven Cook (@ByStevenCook) October 2, 2017