SNL, Adam Levine mock Catfish and Nev’s ego

SNL and host Adam Levine mocked MTV’s Catfish during last night’s show in a brief sketch that managed to quickly capture many of the show’s flaws, particularly the way its host makes it all about himself.

As in the documentary film that inspired the show, whether or not you find Nev Schulman to be likable and sympathetic or arrogant and completely full of shit. Although I found the subject to be compelling, I definitely felt the latter: I have no doubt that the events of the film were authentic, I just never bought that the story was truly a mystery to Nev and his friends–and that they just happened to be recording each other the whole time.

SNL captures all this, especially with its mocking of Nev’s self-absorption, despite Adam Levine’s failure to act convincingly. I also appreciate the jokes about the MTV show’s lies to its audience, like the way the subjects just awkwardly come out of their houses with zero surprise that there’s a camera crew standing there with a person they’ve been deceiving.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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