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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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What To Watch This Week on TV: DeGeneres Does Oscars, 'Portlandia' and 'Scandal' Return - VIDEO


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— If you were turned off by Seth MacFarlane's humor during last year's Academy Awards telecast, you can tune in for Ellen DeGeneres' "aw shucks" charm when she returns to host. Tune in to see her schtick, and if Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto can bring home Oscars for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

More picks and clips, including the return of Olivia Pope, Shakira and PortlandiaAFTER THE JUMP...

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How SNL's "I Ran" Was Put Together


The NYT goes behind-the-scenes on SNL's digital short "I Ran":

"By yesterday afternoon, just four days after its network premiere, the various versions of the video posted on YouTube had been viewed nearly 300,000 times, according to tallies posted on the site. For Mr. Samberg and his main collaborators — Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone — 'I Ran' is something of a sequel. Last year, NBC posted an uncensored version of a boy-band video the group made — the cleaned-up title was 'Special Treat in a Box' — in which Justin Timberlake and Mr. Samberg each appeared to be making a gift of their male anatomy. Thus far, that film has been seen more than 29 million times on YouTube, and last month it won an Emmy...While the cast’s main goal was to have fun, Mr. Samberg said, the film has a political undertone. 'No one around here,' he said, 'is super fired-up about a guy who is denying the Holocaust and saying there are no homosexuals in his country.'"

SNL's "Iran So Far" with Samberg, Armisen, Levine and Gyllenhaal

Andy Samberg Fred Armisen and Maroon 5's Adam Levine riff on Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in this brilliant digital short. And the Jake Gyllenhaal cameo is just icing on the cake.

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