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SNL Dead Poets Society spoof Farewell Mr. Bunting

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What would Dead Poets Society look like if it were directed by Quentin Tarantino? Saturday Night Live provided a hint during Saturday’s season finale with “Farewell, Mr. Bunting.”

The sketch begins as a parody of the 1989 Robin Williams film, with a poetry teacher (host Fred Armisen) coming back into his class after being fired. As the teacher leaves with his belongings, his students begin to stand on their desks in an act of protest. “I sing my song for all to hear,” each student says to the teacher — until one unlucky soul (Pete Davidson) stands to proclaim the same… and is promptly decapitated by a ceiling fan.


What results is a hysteria of carnage — think Kill Bill mixed with the Mad Men episode “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency” — that finds everyone doused with blood, and the student’s head tossed around like a hot potato. The dark and hilarious sketch was praised on social media as one of the best of the season.

Watch the full sketch below.