The “SNL” Interpreter skit, you knew it was coming, almost as soon as you found out the man standing next to Obama at the Mandela memorial was a fake and waving his hands aimlessly. The thought of “SNL” taking the fake interpreter to new comedy heights was a given, as soon as the news of the man being a fake sign language interpreter made headline news. "Fox and Friends Weekend" showed the "SNL" interpreter spoof on their live Sunday morning broadcast, Dec.15.
According to Yahoo News on Dec. 15, “Saturday Night Live” devoted their opening sketch to a spoof of the bizarre event that took place across the globe as dignitaries said their farewells to Nelson Mandela. The sign language interpreter popped up on stage next to world leaders, including President Obama, and waved his hands about as they spoke. Real sign language experts later said that the man was a fake and wasn’t making any sense with his sign language gestures.
While the deaf community was rightfully outraged, people couldn’t help but laugh after realizing this man stood there for hours waving his hands up and down, back and forth as if he was telling the correct story. Thamsanqa Jantjie was the man, who later said he was suffering from schizophrenia and was hallucinating while on stage.
Kenan Thompson played the fake interpreter on “SNL” and Jay Pharoah played President Obama. The comedy routine had the audience in stitches. Check out the video above to see the “SNL” fake interpreter spoof.