SNL's Scranton Quips Irk Pa. Senator

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 6, 2008 7:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – If The Office has made Scranton, Pa. cool, Saturday Night Live took it down a notch in a vice-presidential debate sketch this weekend, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. Playing Joe Biden, actor Jason Sudeikis staked his outsider status on "hard scrabble" Scranton, saying, "You'll see, it's a hell hole. An absolute jerkwater of a town. You couldn't stand to spend a weekend there."

The stab was sharp enough to elicit a reaction from the office of ex-Scranton resident, Sen. Bob Casey Jr., who saw the skit. "Scranton is a city with a rich culture and history," his press secretary said, "so Saturday Night Live was clearly inaccurate in its portrayal."

Tina Fey, returned to SNL on Oct. 4, 2008 to play Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Tina Fey, returned to SNL on Oct. 4, 2008 to play Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.   (AP Photo/NBC- Dana Edelson)
In this Sept. 16, 2007, file photo Tina Fey is seen in Los Angeles.
In this Sept. 16, 2007, file photo Tina Fey is seen in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
Tina Fey portrays Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, in a scene from NBC's Saturday Night Live, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in New York.
Tina Fey portrays Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, in a scene from NBC's "Saturday Night Live," Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo)
Tina Fey plays Sarah Palin, and actress Amy Poehler plays Senator Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 in New York.
Tina Fey plays Sarah Palin, and actress Amy Poehler plays Senator Hillary Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 in New York.   (AP Photo)
Bob Casey gestures during an interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 file photo.
Bob Casey gestures during an interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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Nobody, and I mean nobody, but me has ever come out of that place. It's a genetic cesspool. So don't be telling me that I'm part of the Washington elite, because I come from the absolute worst place on Earth. - Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden on SNL

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