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article imageSNL delivers on 'Gravity' of the government shutdown

By Michael Krebs     Oct 13, 2013 in Entertainment
In its cold open last night, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" tackles the federal government shutdown from the perspective of the hit movie, "Gravity."
Kate McKinnon and Taran Killam opened NBC's Saturday Night Live last night with a Gravity parody on the challenges faced by two astronauts who are soon adrift after space debris shatters their workstation.
In the SNL version of the spacewalk calamity, the astronauts radio their predicament back to the Houston NASA control center, only to discover that the communications desk at the control center is now unmanned due to the federal government shutdown — and that they are now communicating with a pair of janitors, who have been deemed the only essential employees at NASA.
"Mission control's not here right now, but can I take a message," the janitor, played by Kenan Thompson, says.
The astronauts are surprised and concerned to hear that the mission control staffers are not there.
"Well, this is awkward," the janitor says. "But the government has shut down. It turns out I'm the only essential employee in the place. But I could have told you that months ago."
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