SNL has been accused of plagiarizing someone else’s sketch.
As reported by Variety, Nick Ruggia and Ryan Hoffman, the founders of the sketch troupe Temple Horses, has accused SNL of plagiarizing two of its sketches. Both Temple Horses sketches in question, entitled “Not Trying to F*** This Pumpkin” and “Pet Blinders” were uploaded to YouTube several years prior to similar SNL sketches “The Pumpkin Patch” and “Pound Puppy,” with the recent SNL sketches utilizing similar concepts. Both of the sketches by Temple Horses and SNL can be viewed below:
“Imagine, one day you come home and it looks like somebody’s robbed your house,” Hoffman told Variety Friday. “What do you want from that situation? We feel like somebody took our stuff, and this isn’t the kind of thing where you can just get it back or call your insurance company to have it replaced, so at this point we’re just speaking out about it.”
The duo’s attorney, Wallace Neel, sent a letter to NBC listing the similarities between their sketches and the SNL ones they claim are rip-offs.
Ruggia and Hoffman told Variety an NBC attorney only verbally replied to Neel’s letter a week after they received it. NBC said they already completed an internal investigation and found no similarities between the their sketches and the NBC ones. A SNL source confirmed this response to Variety, and said the network is still preparing a formal response.
Ruggia and Hoffman told Variety they initially heard about the similarities between the sketches from friends who watched SNL. They first heard about “Pumpkin Patch” in October, but did not decide to take any action until “Pound Puppy” aired during the Don Cheadle-hosted episode on Feb. 16.