Feb 182015
 

I’m a history nerd, so it should come as no surprise that this SNL sketch – Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber, is my favorite:

I took two semesters of Medieval History in college and I remember talking to the professor about this sketch. He said he was surprised by how accurate the whole thing was but then later found out that this was because the show’s writers consulted with a Harvard history professor to get the details right. I’ve never been able to confirm whether this is fact or fiction, but, the Caladrius Bird is a real legend, so it sounds reasonable.  I’d ask former SNL writer Tom Davis about the truth behind this tale, but, alas, he died in 2012.  Still, good on him for having a hand in such a great sketch.

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