SNL Really Went For It With This Must-See “Dead Poets Society” Sketch

If you only watch one sketch from the entire last season of Saturday Night Live, make it this one. [Warning: NSFW-ish.]

WHAT: A sketch from this past weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live, which bears a striking resemblance to the Robin Williams tearjerker, Dead Poets Society.


WHO: Several members of the cast, and host Fred Armisen.

WHY WE CARE: Some of the strongest episodes of SNL in the past few years have been the result of a past cast member returning. Something about the alchemy of a Jimmy Fallon or a Maya Rudolph coming back home tends to push the writers and the cast to further creative heights. In the case of Fred Armisen, who hosted this past weekend, everybody involved helped to pitch what was pretty much a no-hitter. But the jewel in the crown of this episode, hell, the entire season, was undoubtedly the Dead Poets Society-inspired sketch, Farewell Mr. Bunting. You will spend the first two minutes delighting in the attention to detail and slight, pointed deviations from the film, wondering if there is going to be some kind of twist. Watch the sketch right now, and see whether that twist ever arrives.

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Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.