Saturday Night Live Gives Oscar the Grouch the Joker Treatment, and It's Perfectly Ridiculous

Call me Grouch.
Call me Grouch.
Image: NBC

Joker is a lot of things to a lot of people. But at its core, it’s also a movie that takes a cartoonish clown villain incredibly, incredibly seriously. Saturday Night Live decided last night to give that treatment to another absurd bad guy.

Enter Oscar. A humble garbage man. A little unstable. A little unhappy. Maybe, some would even say, grouchy. Starring David Harbour doing a pretty impressive Joaquin Phoenix impression, Grouch is just what we need in 2019: stupid, nihilistic, and self-indulgently dark.

Honestly, this is a great parody, if only because it showcases how utterly ridiculous a project Joker is at its core. And that’s not meant as a condemnation, exactly: ridiculous projects, handled earnestly, can often be very good. But a dark, gritty story about the evils of society starring a comic book clown or, y’know, Oscar the Grouch, is still fundamentally ridiculous.


With that said, I would definitely watch Grouch. I don’t know if I’d like it. But I’d watch it.

Joker is in theaters now, and Saturday Night Live is on television at... you can probably figure that one out.

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I could honestly get behind a gritty Count von Count movie which is a midway point between Joker and the Number 23.

His pathological desperation/determination to count everything could actually go to some interestingly dark places.

That said, any excuse to post this, which is the greatest thing ever posted on YouTube imo: