“Casablanca” Alternate Ending Could Be the Sketch of the Year On SNL

Thanks to SNL’s “Cinema Classics” sketch, we get to see the way “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman should have ended and it may have been the best sketch of the season.  This alternate ending to the 1942 classic film adds some reality to the situation that Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund find themselves in at the end of the film.

SNL host J.K. Simmon’s plays Bogart’s role of Rick while Kate McKinnon does a spot on Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa, right down to her pleading, “No, no, no”. In the original, Ilsa can’t stand the thought of getting on the plane and leaving Rick behind. In SNL’s version, Ilsa realizes she’s destined for a concentration camp if she doesn’t get on board, and the tables turn as McKinnon tries to speed J.K. Simmons through his speech.


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  1. Badger1225

    February 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm


  2. Rerand

    February 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Sketch of the year? Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the show.
    I rarely ever see SNL, but that has to be a laugh track, right?

  3. TonyFrederick

    February 2, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Really? Decent sketch. No way sketch of the month much less year.

  4. tompolio

    February 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    TonyFrederick word. wouldn’t even say sketch of the night as the jay-z digi short may take that crown

  5. schmed3

    February 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    tompolio TonyFrederick  I beg to differ.  Like too many of SNL skits, the jay-Z one just took a ridiculous premise and reiterated it ad nauseum.  The “Casablanca” skit was great, if only because you had to have some frame of reference to “get it,” to appreciate the audacity of this re-vision of a cultural artifact.  But I would give “sketch of the year” award to the one where ISIS went on “Shark Tank” to get more funding.  THAT was audacious.