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‘SNL’ broadcasts a Canadian ‘Drake Watch’ sketch; Bieber and Carrey also showed up

TORONTO – The latest installment of “Saturday Night Live” had a Canadian-themed sketch with references to Drake, “Degrassi” and the CBC.

Guest presenter Issa Rae played a Toronto correspondent for a French-Canadian news channel called “Bonjour – hi”.

She was standing in front of a green screen image of Toronto’s waterfront for a news segment called Drake Watch, holding a microphone with the CBC logo on it.

Rae and two newscasters had French accents as they chatted about whether or not they’d seen the Toronto rapper.

She said she mistook him for a man in a wheelchair, which is a reference to Drake’s character Jimmy Brooks from his time on the Canadian series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”.

There were several other Canadian elements in the “SNL” episode on NBC and Global – Toronto-born actor Jim Carrey returned to play US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Stratford-Ontario-raised pop star Justin Bieber the musical guest.

“SNL” is back to air episodes from Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center in New York after performing remote appearances during last season’s COVID-19 lockdown.

This Canadian press report was first published on October 18, 2020.

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