The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (reviewed here) isn't just the sequel to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: it marks a kind of forgotten anniversary. The previous Narnia movie inspired "Saturday Night Live's "Lazy Sunday," which debuted on Dec. 17, 2005. The second "SNL Digital Short," "Lazy Sunday" depicts Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg rapping like gangstas as they buy cupcakes and go to see Narnia:
Now quiet in the theater or its gonna get tragic.
Were 'bout to get taken to a dreamworld of magic!
"Lazy Sunday's" popularity effectively marked "Saturday Night Live's" entry into the viral video age, and the venerable, 30-plus-year-old sketch comedy series proved unexpectedly ahead of the curve. "Lazy Sunday" led to countless imitators, including the Atlanta area's own "Lazy Snellville." Subsequent "SNL Digital Shorts" included Natalie Portman's rap and "Dick in a Box." Viral videos like these gave audiences a new destination for comedy on Youtube, and NBC's (understandable) interest in controlling its creations led to the creation of Hulu as a Youtube alternative. It's a surprise that it's been two and a half years since "Lazy Sunday" appeared.
The question is, will Prince Caspian inspire a "Lazy Sunday" sequel? Steve Carell hosts the next new SNL episode on May 17.