SNL spoofs Scientology: Watch the hilarious throwback Neurotology music video (VIDEO).

SNL Spoofs Scientology With a Sing-Along Music Video for “Neurotology”

SNL Spoofs Scientology With a Sing-Along Music Video for “Neurotology”

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April 5 2015 12:43 PM

SNL Finally Sends Up Scientology in the Sing-Along “Neurotology” Music Video  

neurotology
Just another ill-fated Neurotologist.

Still from YouTube

Given the mostly terrifying, sometimes comical Scientology revelations featured in HBO documentary Going Clear, it was only a matter of time until SNL spoofed the religion. That spoof aired on the show’s latest episode, in the form of an ultra-cheesy music video for “Neurotology,” the thinly veiled Scientology stand-in that preaches the same gospel of alien invasion, billion-year contracts, and brain machines that can save mankind.

The video partly succumbs to an old SNL ticassuming a one-note joke can carry an entire sketch—but its production value, which perfectly replicates ’90s self-help sing-alongs and the fuzzy scrim of VHS tapes, more than makes up for it. Also notable is just how true the video is to its source material: The Scientology ads on which it’s based, one of which is below, are actually even cornier.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter