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Albany makes last night's Saturday Night Live

Albany makes last night's Saturday Night Live

The show used skyline photo that Capital Region residents would instantly recognize as prominently including the Empire State Plaza
Albany makes last night's Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong and Jonah Hill in the sketch set in Albany
Photographer: Saturday Night Live

ALBANY -- Live from Al-bany, it's Saturday Night?

Not exactly, but "Saturday Night Live" this weekend gave our Albany a bit of a shout-out by placing a skit right here, complete with a shot of the Albany skyline.

The reference came in an "SNL" segment that ultimately centered on a local news station meteorologist, played by Cecily Strong, and her one-time (and future?) love interest, played by the week's guest host, Jonah Hill.

The setting, for no apparent particular reason, was Albany and KCR, "Albany's Favorite News Team" (Sorry, Gazette news-gathering partner CBS6 or actual Albany NBC affiliate WNYT). 

If there was any question about whether the setting was Albany, N.Y., or, say, Albany, Ga., which also has an NBC affiliate, the show dispelled that with the skyline photo that Capital Region residents would instantly recognize as prominently including the Empire State Plaza. The Albany skyline at sunset also appears later in the sketch as the news set background.

The rest of the skit plays out as normal with few other references to New York's capital city. And, in case you were wondering if the detail-oriented people at "SNL" pulled the actual Albany five-day forecast for the sketch, we checked and it appears they did not.

The sketch is the latest local reference tucked into an "SNL" sketch. A year ago, a pennant for Schoharie County's Howe Caverns made it into the background of another.

This weekend's video is below. A couple warnings, however: First, this originally aired after 11:30 p.m. and begins with a joke tailored to that hour about an off-screen drawing. Second, the announcer's pronunciation of Albany as "Al-bany" (see above), instead of "All-bany" might just ruin some people's Sundays.

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