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Cut 'SNL' sketch parodies '90s Nickelodeon

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Anna Kenrick ZAP

The kids on children’s programs are really happy — and, as Saturday Night Live explained it this past weekend in a cut sketch — there’s a surprisingly dark reason for that: Speed.

The conceit featured a look back at fake ’90s Nickelodeon show Zap! (which looked an awful lot like 1999 PBS program Zoom!). A television host (Beck Bennett) explained that thanks to the show’s producers, the cast of Zap! had a pretty serious drug problem — as evidenced by later episodes of the no-longer-G-rated program. (“Friendship” has never been so cracked out.)

No surprise: There’s a little bit of singing as well, as was the standard for Saturday’s show. Take it away, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Nasim Pedrad and host Anna Kendrick: