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.