If you’re like most people and turn off Saturday Night Live right after “Weekend Update,” you missed one of their funniest musical send ups ever. It was like Randy Rainbow meets the Real Hoods of New York City.
It was brilliant!
But you really have to be one of the 8.5 million denizens of the five boroughs of New York City who shops in any of the six corner bodegas on your block to appreciate it.
For those of you living outside of the Big Apple, let’s start at the beginning, (a very good place to start.)
A bodega is a small “convenience” store, usually family owned and operated, that sells everything from snacks and cigarettes, groceries, household products, birth control, anything else they can squeeze on a shelf. (They are currently petitioning the State to be allowed to sell weed when it becomes legal in New York.) There are over 10,000 in the City, but one thing you never do in a bodega is use the bathroom, ever.
Unless it’s for a big musical production number!
(can you name all the musicals referenced?)