David Harbour Perfectly Trash 'Joker' With The Parody Video 'Grouch'

‘Saturday Night Live’ has been around so long, and is in production so steadily, that the humor can sometimes be hit or miss.  But every so often the ensemble sketch performers deliver a bit that is perfectly hilarious and strikes the zeitgeist at just the right time.  On this weekend’s episode, guest host David Harbour (‘Stranger Things’) and the cast delivered a perfectly-timed skewering of the #1 movie in the world for the second weekend in a row– Warner Brothers’ ‘Joker’.


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If a dark twisted origin story is good enough for one “antihero,” why can’t it work for another?  In the mock trailer for ‘Grouch’, Harbour chronicles the descent into madness that drove a mild-mannered garbage man, struggling to get by in a rough neighborhood called “Sesame Street,” to become the sinister creature that lives in a trash can.  As Harbour sinisterly utters in the clip:

“If everybody calls you trash, and everyone treats you like trash, why don’t you become trash?”

Check out the parody video below:

As you can see, the clip also offers skewered versions of Snuffleupagus, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Count Von Count, and Elmo, and digs deep for parodies of lesser-known characters like Guy Smiley (reporter for ABCDEFG television) and Prairie Dawn, the latter of whom is a hooker working for pimp Snuffy!


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‘Joker’ is a bonafide hit and as of this weekend has made over half-a-billion dollars worldwide.  But it is a little pretentious and kind of deserves to be mocked a bit.  And with ‘Grouch’, ‘SNL’ found a way to do so perfectly.

‘Saturday Night Live’ won’t be live next weekend but will return on October 26, with Chance the Rapper acting as both host and musical guest.

Netflix has confirmed that ‘Stranger Things’ will return for a fourth season.  Harbour will be seen in the film ‘Dhaka’ alongside Chris Hemsworth.  The film was written by Marvel Studios’ Joe Russo.  Speaking of Marvel Studios, Harbour will appear as Alexei Shostakov a.k.a. the Red Guardian in ‘Black Widow’ which opens on May 1, 2020.

‘Sesame Street’ will be among the catalog titles available on the upcoming HBO Max streaming service.