As much as I love NPR, it’s always nice to poke fun. The video is a little…uh, stupid, but…it’s true. An old SNL segment and a recent rumor later, Ben & Jerry’s announces their new flavor:
Former Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer started a delicious rumor in an interview with cable news channel NY1 over the weekend. Gasteyer said Ben & Jerry’s is coming out with a new ice cream flavor inspired by a popular skit Gasteyer starred in alongside Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin.
The new flavor? “Schweddy Balls.”
In case you don’t get the reference, the skit is a hilarious commentary on NPR’s, um, uniquely soothing sound. Baldwin plays Pete Schweddy, a guest on a fake NPR show called Delicious Dish. Pete makes holiday treats like cheese balls, popcorn balls, rum balls and his famous Schweddy balls. The skit is an exercise in double entendres.
Interview via NY1
Even though it’s been nearly a decade since Gasteyer was a regular on SNL, there are some things fans just never forget, like her lampoon of NPR alongside Alec Baldwin that is now known to some as the “schwetty balls” sketch. “It was a very popular sketch while I was on the show, but Alec has become such a huge star since, and he’s actually told me that of all the things he’s ever done in his career, the schwetty balls is the thing that has resonated,” said Gasteyer. This came through when Gasteyer sang the national anthem at a White Sox game a few years back.
“Somebody yelled out from the crowd ‘schwetty balls,’” said Gasteyer. “It has this crazy, massive popularity that’s kind of had a half life since I left the show. Ben and Jerry’s is coming out with a schwetty balls ice cream for Christmas this year.”