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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.