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Seth Meyers Unveils Rejected SNL Sketch With Trans Character 'Jennjamin Franklin' - VIDEO


As part of his “Second Chance Theatre” bit, Late Night with Seth Meyers performed a rejected Saturday Night Live sketch about Jason Sudeikis’ date with a transgender person named Jennjamin Franklin.

Jennjamin Franklin is genderqueer in 18th century garb who commonly gets mistaken for male actors even though Jennjamin is a capable dancer and romancer. It’s easy to see why the sketch got rejected, but it manages to be absurd without making either Jennjamin or Jennjamin's date the butt of the joke.

Watch the sketch AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. You can easily understand why this was rejected.

    Because you can ALWAYS rely on trannies to be offended by everything, regardless of intention.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 16, 2014 10:16:09 AM

  2. When the punchline is "OMG, two dudes are kissing!", the sketch is inherently lame, offensive and homophobic. On top of that, NONE of it was the least bit funny. None.

    Posted by: David in the O.C. | May 16, 2014 10:27:44 AM

  3. Was this identified as a trans character, or are you just guessing? It's a very long, one note joke about an odd person.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 16, 2014 10:28:17 AM

  4. wtf is genderqueer. why do people keep making up words. Really if the "community" they are supposed to be a part of doesn't even know what they are then maybe they don't belong in said community

    Posted by: Homo Genius | May 16, 2014 10:52:59 AM

  5. Yeah! Why don't we use existing words to describe concepts that were largely invisible to people until now, and thus relatively new to society? Like "chair," or "giraffe"?

    Posted by: jerriblank | May 16, 2014 11:02:33 AM

  6. not funny. i'll stick with stefon

    Posted by: woody | May 16, 2014 11:03:43 AM

  7. not funny. i'll stick with stefon

    Posted by: woody | May 16, 2014 11:03:54 AM

  8. It wasn't two dudes kissing. It was Jennjamin who is portrayed as a girl. Who are you to assume it is not because of looks. I think that's the point of the sketch.

    Posted by: Richard Harney | May 16, 2014 11:07:17 AM

  9. Gee..Seth Meyers is such a real man after all.....

    Posted by: styler | May 16, 2014 12:30:30 PM

  10. I believe Jennjamin was supposed to be an actual girl. Seth Meyers made a comment earlier how Will Forte's beard would change the character. However, that doesn't explain why the other couple was so horrified by the pair, so maybe I just don't get the sketch (or think it's funny).

    Posted by: RomanHans | May 16, 2014 12:46:54 PM

  11. It's a standard SNL skit - normal couple with a strange couple. And I agree - nothing about this indicates the character was trans. It was a weird costume, a weird voice, and just general weirdness. It wasn't LOL-funny but Will Forte is batshit crazy, so I liked it.

    Posted by: Robert | May 16, 2014 12:53:43 PM

  12. Transgenderism, like most mental illness, becomes tiresome after a while. I think it is time we moved on to some other bizarre topic to entertain ourselves.

    Posted by: Jake | May 16, 2014 1:39:58 PM

  13. Jake (Rick), like most trolls, becomes tiresome after a while. A short while. I think it's time we moved on to another, better, less anonymous commenting system.

    Rick/Jake and his transphobia, racism, misogyny and homophobia is a waste of our time.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 16, 2014 1:56:00 PM

  14. Forte was so oddball that this was hysterical. The voice he was doing was practically Capote-esque.

    Posted by: Mike | May 16, 2014 11:17:34 PM

  15. It wasn't particularly funny but any time I get to see hottie Jason Sudekis kiss another dude is okay with me. Woof.

    Posted by: leprechaunvict | May 17, 2014 12:11:19 AM

  16. That would have been so much better if it had been funny.

    Posted by: enchantra | May 17, 2014 1:54:08 AM

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