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SNL Takes Pumpkin Spice Marketing Craze to Disturbingly Hilarious New Level

548598_660301498939_1284024367_n1-300x225As a lifelong New Englander, I am a self-proclaimed sucker for all things autumn — I know it’s an evil marketing ploy that gets me to shell out my hard-earned cash for “limited time” treats like pumpkin spice tea and apple cinnamon candles, but something in my Massachsuetts blood overrides my cynicism and makes me unable to resist the nearly maniacal joy I get from celebrating my favorite season.

And I’m not alone — remember when the whole world came to a screeching halt last fall when many Starbucks locations ran out of the syrup that allows them to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Pandemonium, I tell you!

Now, SNL has taken the pumpkin spice craze to its inevitably horrific precipice, melding the autumnal marketing madness with the equally ridiculous (but far less awesome) marketing of feminine hygiene products. Yep, it’s exactly as bad as you think it is. This is one “warm and spicy” product I’d have no trouble resisting…

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SNL Spoofs Those Awful Brad Pitt Chanel Spots

When we first saw the newest Chanel No. 5 ads featuring Brad Pitt, we wondered exactly how the stream of pretentious nonsense spouted by the iconic actor would inspire perfume sales — for us, it mostly inspired laughter. We’re not the only ones; SNL tackled the faux-philosophical spots this weekend, with Taran Killam taking the lead as an equally scruffy–and only slightly more affected–Pitt.

While SNL did several skits skewering the ads (including fake commercials hawking everything from Taco Bell to canine condoms), we think Killam’s first run, a direct hit at the Chanel spot, was his best. By the end of the video, Killam’s pontificating monologue has devolved into nonsensical drivel that’s just mildly more insufferable than the original.

At least everyone seems to agree that these spots shouldn’t be winning any awards this season (unless Ad Week does its own version of the Razzies):

Alec Baldwin, a.k.a. Capt. Rogers, Makes An ‘SNL’ Appearance

Has Words With Friends-gate finally reached its finale?

Alec Baldwin appeared on SNL this weekend dressed as American Airlines’ “Capt. Steve Rogers” to apologize to the star, talk up how wonderful his is, and explain why any normal person playing Words With Friends would leave their seat and slam the lavatory door as the plane is about to take off.

One PR blogger thinks the skit was a good move. Your thoughts?