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The October 5th episode of Saturday Night Live featured a sketch satirizing Tina Turner’s song ‘Proud Mary.’ The performance provoked the attention of a Los Angeles improv group called ‘Groundlings’, who are claiming that SNL stole the sketch from their comedy troupe.

The Groundlings’ performers Kimberly Condict and Vanessa Ragland tweeted pictures on Sunday of their own sketch called ‘Rollin.’ The comedians tweeted a picture caption that showed their sketch taking place on September 21, 2014. The two women are dressed in tight red dresses with Turner’s signature mane hair style.

Saturday’s SNL sketch on NBC featured host and famous actress-comedian Sarah Silverman along with cast regulars Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata in the same diva costumes. Both sketches have the women giving colorful renditions of Turner’s hit song ‘Proud Mary’ while reflecting on somber moments.

The timing is questionable on Saturday Night Live’s part. Tina Turner has been out of the news recently and her version of the song ‘Proud Mary’ debuted in the early 1970’s.

SNL has come under fire several times before with accusations of stealing comedy sketches. In 2010, SNL performed a piece titled “Ladies Who Lunch” that raised eyebrows of a similar sketch that aired prior on the Tim & Eric Awesome Show: Great Job!. In another instance, the show was accused of taking material once used on HBO’s Hardcore TV.

Groundlings instructor Ian Gary posted on Facebook his frustrations over SNL’s theft of his sketches: “…Over the years I have seen MANY, MANY sketches flat out stolen,” he said. “Nobody says anything because I guess SNL is still some dream for some people or they don’t want to get involved, or a million other reasonable things that stop people from standing up for each other when things are blatantly wrong.”

Groundlings is known for launching careers of Saturday Night Live alums Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, and current cast member Taran Killam.

Nothing public has been stated as of yet by NBC or SNL representatives regarding the Tina Turner sketch. Going into the next episode, plenty more comedy troupes will likely lock in on what SNL performs next.

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