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SNL "NPRs Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls" (1998) - Comedy Recess


The Delicious Dish is a culinary-themed radio show hosted by Margaret Jo McCullen (Ana Gasteyer) and Teri Rialto (Molly Shannon). The show is presented as a parody of public radio (and in particular, NPR), with unenthusiastic hosts and dull, specialized subject matter. The episode's host plays a guest appearing on the show, who is typically portrayed as being just as uncharismatic. When Molly Shannon left the show during the 2000–2001 season, Rialto was replaced by the new co-host Lynn Bershad, played by Rachel Dratch.


The most well-known edition of the sketch featured host Alec Baldwin as the chef Pete Schweddy—whose store sells the Christmas dish "Schweddy Balls". The two hosts remained consistently oblivious to the various double entendres being used by Schweddy to describe the dish (relating to "balls" as a slang term for testicles), such as stating that the balls can be bought in a "sack", and boasting that "no one can resist my Schweddy Balls." In 2014, Rolling Stone named the "Schweddy Balls" sketch the 20th best SNL sketch of all-time, noting that "those who didn't get the joke on first utterance would get multiple chances. So iconic was this simple bit of wordplay that Ben & Jerry's produced an ice cream in honor of the skit in 2011" (although said flavor would also result in controversy among groups who felt that it was inappropriate for such a product).


This is a Christmas Classic, especially those of my generation. It never gets old. It is this week's our Comedy Recess segment. Enjoy !!!!



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