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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/13/2011

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 'SNL' (again) mocks Spider-Man musical after violations cited

By Michael Cavna

"SNL" has just taken another swipe at Spidey.

This, just hours after New York state reportedly cited the Spider-Man musical for violations over its workplace-safety record.

A coupla months ago, "Saturday Night Live's" Weekend Update segment spoofed the Broadway production's spate of injuries, with Andy Samberg playing the musical's pressed-into-duty "fourth understudy." Last night, "SNL" went after "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" with a personal-injury attorney parody ad, as Fred Armisen -- showing shades of Dan Aykroyd's slimy-pitchman infomercial voices of yesteryear -- plays cheesy Taymor-ambulance chaser Frank Gublin of the firm Gublin & Green (get it?).

Gublin & Green, as Armisen tells us, specializes "in assisting clients who have sustained injuries while working at, or attending, the Broadway musical, 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'! If you or a loved one have been affected by this show, do not waste a moment!!"

The kicker is that what Gubin & Green's clients win in return are (semi-spoiler)...more tickets to "Spider-Man."

Perhaps the best touch: The graphic of Frank Gublin as webslinging champion of theatrical justice. (The ad even advertises a real website address: -- which takes you, naturally, to the website of..."Saturday Night Live.")

The sketch comes the same day as the Spider-Man musical had two safety violations issued against it by the N.Y. state Department of Labor, reported the New York Times. The finding reportedly also calls for surprise inspections of the production.


"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is the most expensive production in Broadway history -- at $65-million and counting. Last year, it began to come under fire after several performers were injured.

One of the high-flying Spider-Man actors, the physically rehabbing Christopher Tierney, fell from a 30-foot platform, reportedly sustaining four broken ribs, three fractured vertebrae, a broken shoulder blade and a hairline skull fracture.

It was in early December that Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers (who once co-write a Spider-Man issue for Marvel) and Samberg the Spidey understudy first spoofed the musical's safety record.

The snakebit production has also provided comic fodder for Next Media Animation's Taiwan-based animators and New Yorker cover artist Barry Blitt, as well as Conan O'Brien.

'SPIDER-MAN' producers miffed by 'early' theater reviews

The Rant: For Broadway's SPIDER-MAN, it is time to turn off this lark



By Michael Cavna  | February 13, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Superheroes, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Saturday Night Live, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark  
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