SNL parody of Verizon 4G LTE smartphones

SNL parody of Verizon 4G LTE smartphones
Sometimes it's best to take a step back and look at the funny side of life....or technology.

Enter Saturday Night Live. Earlier tonight, SNL did a parody of Verizon Wireless, where an "average Joe" walks into a Verizon store saying they've heard a lot of Verizon's 4G LTE network. The customer service rep (Bill Hader) starts talking about how fast the speeds are and all the different phones that they sell....making it sound as complicated (and funny) as possible. The end of the sketch simply says "Verizon. It's an old person's nightmare".

What do you think?

source: NBC



1. mfiend21

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Should be parody.

3. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

It is parody

5. FAUguy

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

Fixed, thanks.

2. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Stupid parody. Really wasn't clever on funny at all. 4g let is faster then 3g its not compacted at all. And if thats complicated then you probably can't even operate a smartphone so just get a dumb phone. Problem solved.

11. campyguy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Speaking of "complicated", possessive context FUs and autocorrect are a bitch, aren't they? If it's that complicated then you probably can't operate a word processor so typewriter and writing classes are in order. Back to school. Problem solved. It's a skit. On a TV show.

21. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I am in school and do take writing classes thanks.

23. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Yeah autocorrect is annoying (LTE) not let and (COMPLICATED) not compacted.

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Parody: (noun) 1) An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. 2) An imitation or a version of something that falls far short of the real thing; a travesty. Also, another definition: A parody (also called send-up, spoof or lampoon), in contemporary usage, is a work created to mock, comment on, or make fun at an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of humorous, satiric or ironic imitation. Just thought I would put those there since you don't seem to understand what a parody is. It doesn't matter if the real thing is simple to understand or not.

20. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I know what a parody is but this is just stupid. He says its fast and the guy goes so its fast and he just saying things that are nonsense. Then he just names phones. Its not funny whatsoever.

30. Lucasonic

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

If you truly understood the whole parody, you would understand that this is a joke on how phones seem to be advertised these days, instead of just seeing it as a guy naming them off..

4. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011


6. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I'm not old at all (27) but I'm still laughing!!

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It can get even more basic than just having a simple phone for those who are speed-challenged - knowing how to plug in the power cable to recharge can be an undertaking in itself. Those itty-bitty little connectors can be their own effort to plug in. I wonder when there will be a skit about plugging in the power cable and the actor gets electrocuted?

8. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

The only part that was funny was the end when he asked about dropping it in the toilet.

9. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

It wasn't so much a parody making speeds sound complicated as it was a parody of a sales person who doesn't really know what they're talking about and rolls all of the sales pitches that he was trained on into one, making it hard for the non tech-savvy customer even more confused. As somebody who sells phones and hears things like this from both coworkers and customers, I found it quite clever and funny.

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sure, it's cute. But in actuality, Verizon actually has the simplest basic phones as well as all the kickass smartphones. The lesson: bad salespeople suck. :p

12. tetote1180

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

The LG vortex is not a 4G phone.. the Enlighten is.. Video sucked.. lol

18. Adianshadows

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The enlighten is a 3G phone... it replaced the LG Ally...

33. applesucks

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

lol good catch!

24. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The Enlighten is 3G.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Enlighten isn't 4G guy. xD

14. droid4all

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Ok skit but it almost looks like a marketing scheme. Pay attention to all the brand placement, nice Verizon setup mock store. I could bet you VZW paid them to have this done.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, thats what i was thinking. Unless that was paid for, that was kick ass free national advertising. it wasnt very funny, but it sure told you a lot about the VZW network.. lol

15. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Guy was smart enough not to use those phones in conjuction with his business.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

lol.....that was funny and TRUE; it's 'an old person's nightmare'. It's great to see THE BEST NETWORK with THE BEST PHONES (and, Yes the Nexus is among them) get a funny and endearing spoof. DROID RAZR FTW!! Take that Atrociously Throttled & Technically challenged, where's your 4G?? That's right, you're still working on your 2G footprint.

19. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I laughed. But I am tragically easy to amuse.

22. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I thought it was cool. Normally I dont watch SNL that much but the Clint Eastwood skits were funny and Nicholas Cage vs Nicholas Cage was really funny.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Relax guys its just a parady. I go to carrier stores all the time to look at phones and there are always really old people there who dont know what 3G or LTE is norhow tp even unlock a touch screen phone. I found the native american living off a settlement joke to be hilarious.

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i laughed at all the fail. xD

28. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Call it what you want, thats funny!! but thats what the verizon commercials sound like!! Very nice SNL!!! lol

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