I never watch SNL...not on principle, but because I'm usually doing other shit and I don't have a DVR. So I sit down tonight and watch 3 shows from earlier this year (on Netflix) and noted that in each of the episodes, at least one skit was heavily centered around a brand, and the brand's logo and name was used extensively. One skit featured M&Ms (Zach Galifanakis), one Target (Kristin Wiig), and the other Hermes bags (Ben Afflek). I remember seeing similar Target skits on episodes from previous years when Wiig was still a cast member, but watching 3 episodes back to back, and seeing all those brands really made me realize that SNL must be selling product placement in skits with the host of the show. Am I crazy or is this a known thing?
Justification for posting this in the Stern forum--Stern used to rag on SNL; also he seems to do the sleazy shit I think they're doing.