Apple users who complain about the functionality of the newest iPhone may think twice after viewing the most cutting sketch from last night’s “SNL.”
“Tech Talk” was something of a mix of Mike Daisey’s “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” and Louis C.K.’s beloved bit “Everything Is Amazing And Nobody is Happy.” In the sketch, geeks from various tech blogs convene on a talk show to complain about their least favorite parts of the iPhone 5, until it’s sprung on them that they must confront the underpaid, overworked and very unsympathetic Chinese laborers who make the phones. The embarrassed bloggers suddenly aren’t so smug as the workers encourage them to continue griping about Google Maps as they point out, “We don’t need maps because we sleep where we work,” and perform a “traditional sarcastic dance.” The most cutting line of the sketch was the takeaway, “Let’s see, what does America make? Does diabetes count as a product?”
Other than Taran Killam improving his Paul Ryan impression for the vice presidential debate cold open, “SNL” was otherwise fairly light on political or social commentary last night, as the writers chose to highlight host Christina Applegate’s singing and dancing talents. Her monologue consisted of the song “It’s Almost Not Quite Halloween,” about the sweet period between the summer and the onslaught of store decorations and family get-togethers. In the final sketch of the night, Applegate portrayed a nonsensical choreographer who teaches her students in dance-babble.