Writer and comedian Brian Adams does a side by side comparison of The Ruckus’ “Forget Me Not,” which has been performed live in Boston seven times since May 2011, with “My Dying Wish,” which was performed on the SNL Season Premiere on September 24th, 2011. The Ruckus is one of the in-house sketch troupes at ImprovBoston.
In SNL’s defense, it’s remarkably easy for two writers to come up with very similar ideas almost simultaneously. That being said, the evidence here is pretty damning that the two share some DNA.
UPDATE: Over at the Comic’s Comic, Sean McCarthy takes the view that the “Last Request” premise is way too prevalent to say this is any kind of theft, and he offers a bunch of variations on this same basic sketch. In particular, he posts a sketch from Chicago Sketch Fest 2003 with the same setting, premise, and structure, and even some of the same jokes.