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Tongue-twisted elderly couple from Maine serves as inspiration for SNL skit

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A tongue-twisted couple from the blooper reel of a commercial for a Maine-based restaurant has served as the inspiration for a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

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The skit broadcast Saturday featured a couple like the one who drew more than 4.5 million views for a YouTube video showing the husband repeatedly flubbing his line about “buttery, flaky crust.”

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Will Ferrell and Kate McKinnon portrayed Jack and Sonya Palmer of Hermon, Maine.

Dysart’s Restaurant & Truck Stop General Manager John Mason tells the Bangor Daily News the skit based on the 2012 commercial bloopers was an “awesome” surprise.


Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications in Bangor produced the original video. Firm partner Elizabeth Sutherland tells WLBZ-TV it’s hard to beat the chemistry of the couple who’ve been married for more than 50 years.