My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

On SNL, Betty White and Tina Fey recreate Christopher Walken’s classic census sketch

Here’s the video of the 2010 Census sketch from last night’s Saturday Night Live starring Betty White and Tina Fey. The Census Bureau should drop NBC a thank you note for the free advertising. The classic Christopher Walken SNL sketch can be seen here.

Note: If you look closely, you will see that Tina Fey managed to obtain what appears to be a genuine 2010 Census enumerator bag for this performance. I wonder how she got it if it’s only for employees?

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7 Responses to “On SNL, Betty White and Tina Fey recreate Christopher Walken’s classic census sketch”

  1. Mike Says:

    Nope, that’s a fake. The bag is too big.

  2. ACL Dave Says:

    You’re right, Mike, that’s definitely a fake. The height to width ratio of the white rectangle is different on real bags.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Funny! :)

  4. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Good observations readers! Thanks for clarifying.

  5. Bobby J Says:

    Did the Census Bureau issue bag guidelines that specify the height-width ratio on real bags? What is the correct ratio? When the Census worker comes should I answer the door with a ruler and calculator?

  6. ACL Dave Says:

    Bobby J – LOL! If you have doubts, ask to see a photo ID and compare it to the name on the badge.

  7. Mike Says:

    Ayup what ACL Dave said. I also believe enumerators aren’t required to carry those bags, though it does help with credibility.