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‘SNL’ gives ‘Hot Takes’ on Canadian and Quebec culture in ‘Bonjour-Hi!’ sketch

MONTREAL – The latest installment of “Saturday Night Live” had a Canadian-themed sketch that included references to Drake, “Degrassi”, Longueuil, and the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

Anchors Jean Lawrence (or John Larry) and Anne-Marie host the French-Canadian news channel entitled “Bonjour – hi”, which pokes fun at the Quebecois accent and Canadian obsession with the Toronto hip-hop artist .

“Live from Montreal! Montreal the best parts of Canada and the worst parts of France,” said host Jean Lawrence, played by Bowen Yang.

“Bonjour-hey Jean,” said Anne-Marie, played by Kate McKinnon. “I got an injury while sleeping with a Cirque du Soleil actor. I choke on the big scarf.”

Anne-Marie later smokes while giving a traffic report.

Guest presenter Issa Rae plays a Toronto correspondent who stands in front of a green screen image of Toronto’s waterfront for a news channel segment called “Drake Watch,” holding a microphone with the CBC logo on it.

Rae and two newscasters with French accents talk about whether she’s seen the Toronto rapper.

Rae says 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”.

The Anchors also chat to each other, dropping Brossard, Frontenac, Longueuil, and other Quebec isms.

“Yes? Or no? I’m sorry I don’t speak French,” says guest Jean-Fred Desjardins (an American journalist from Detroit who was quarantined in Canada), played by Mikey Day.

Fittingly, the sketch ends with the hosts bringing out a karaoke version of Celine Dion’s “That’s the Way It Is”.

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.

– with reports from The Canadian Press.

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