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SNL Takes On Downton Abbey!

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Shirley MacLaine should be honored to be joining such a wonderful Spike TV show! Ha!

Check out SNL's HIGHlarious parody (above) of award-winning ITV series Downton Abbey!

We LOVE the fact that they "accidentally" referred to the show as Downtown Abbey! We've definitely screwed that up before!


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18 comments to “SNL Takes On Downton Abbey!”

  1. fid says – reply to this


    I'm thinking you meant Maggie Smith and not Shirley MacLaine? Do you do any fact checking at all, or do you post things and let a chicken run back and forth over your keyboard, then press post.

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    Re: fid – Actually Shirley MacLaine will be joining the cast during season 3 so maybe you should do the fact checking.

  3. 3

    This show is fucking WONDERFUL. But this skit is pretty funny.

  4. 4

    Matthew, I'm praying you get your 'equipment' working again!
    You looked so beautiful in your red coat.
    The British do uniforms so well.
    When Matthew walked down the aisle, to join Mary in a duet a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would faint.
    I can't stand Shirley MacClain.
    I'm just thankful they didn't cast Susan Sarandon.

  5. 5

    Re: xxcole405 – Exactly.

    Perez JUST reported on it. As you can see he even added a convenient click through link right there with Shirley MaClaine's name.

  6. 6

    I'M curious as to who Shirley will come in as
    Molly Brown, or Molly Goldberg
    But betting it will be one of the two

  7. 7

    lol at this!

    And hahaha at busy body spelling/typo police who got it wrong. You're annoying. Go away.

  8. 8

    SNL?….. SNL doesn't even play on Spike.

  9. 9

    I thot this was your typical POS UK tv series which makes one fall asleep in 2 sec…. however, I was IMPRESSED!! Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer does a fucking intelligent job. First thing that catches your mind is the cinematography, intracacies and detail of the period costumes, intelligence of the script writing, and fucking good acting esp. Maggie Smith as Granny is perfect. Truth.

  10. 10

    This skit is awful and not just because I like Downton Abbey, in the UK you would find this on a childrens tv show (minus the bitch comment, well maybe even with it) at 3pm not a adults, popular saturday night tv show! American humour is just not up to par with the UK. IN my opinion..

  11. 11

    Re: jesshawthorn – You're kidding right? There's very few British comedians that I can tolerate. In fact, the only ones i can tolerate are Eddie Izzard and Ricky Gervais. British humor is as dry and bland as their cuisine.

  12. 12

    Re: BritneyBee – check out this popular British skit for for DA on Youtube: watch?v=r5dMlXentLw
    Then say which one you like better…

  13. 13

    OMG I choked on my spit because I was laughing so hard!!!

  14. 14

    Re: BritneyBee – No check out Michael Mcyintyre, Alan Davies, Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey, Rob Brydon… Not all UK comedians are brilliant but I feel like american humour is so childish, like you can say something like 'poo' and giggle for the next 40 minutes. That is if you can get away with saying poo on american tv. Over here you can say what you want (not meaning that swearing = good comedy) but the freedom just leads to a much higher level of funny. Many US tv shows I could not bare to watch as they are so bloody painful. IN my opinion.

  15. 15

    This is supposed to be funny? Hmmm okay.

  16. TLoz says – reply to this


    I just had to register to respond to jesshawthorn and her comments about how lame this skit was and a poor reflection on Americans and our humor. I think you're missing the point, and that point is that it was a commercial for advertising it on Spike TV. Now, I'll cut you some slack because you might not know what Spike TV is, but it is a channel with knockdown sports and shows like "100 ways to die". It was SUPPOSED to be a low brow commercial because Spike TV is a low brow channel. The irony of it is that it is a high class show put on a channel normally reserved for boxing. It was great, made me laugh.

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    Re: jesshawthorn – I thought this was hilarious, but for reasons that you don't seem to clearly understand. It's a spoof on SpikeTV which is a channel in the US that caters to men who enjoy idiotic adolescent potty humor. The fake commercial is poking fun at the types who watch SpikeTV. The only way one who watches that type of television would understand anything about Downton Abbey is if it is clearly dumbed down to their terms. We aren't laughing with them, we're laughing AT them. So before you go on criticizing American humor, you might need to take a step back and realize that you don't completely understand it. Don't take all American humor at face value.

  18. 18

    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! I hope it keeps going and going!