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John Cena rides back to 1984 for 'The Karate Kid' sketch on 'Saturday Night Live'

Washington
Dec 13, 2016

'Saturday Night Live' latest host John Cena recently pulled off a perfect parody of the 1984 hit movie, 'The Karate Kid' on the comedy show.

In a skit dubbed 'The Karate Teen,' the 39-year-old wrestler played the role of Sammy Knox who became a dead-on ringer for a slightly older Billy Zabka, the 'Karate Kid' bully and one of the most infamous teen bad-guy actors of the era, reports cnet.com.

'SNL' cast member Mikey Day played Jeffy LeHart, the good-guy nerd with high hopes and next-to-no shot at winning, with Kenan Thompson as the white-bearded Mr. Miyagi who trained Knox.

The sketch also paid homage to the shifu's unorthodox training techniques, mystical lessons of encouragement and the rooting-for-the-underdog setup.

Cena was able to show his comedic range through a wide range of characters from one-half of the Klovak Brothers (a tandem of magicians in the spirit of Siegfried and Roy) to a bookstore employee Jean-George.

Donning a crimson football jersey, Cena also played an earnest student-athlete who says he takes academics 'incredibly seriously' before giving a presentation on bananas nailed to plywood, while his fellow students focus on slightly more complicated scientific matters.

Washington
Dec 13, 2016


'Saturday Night Live' latest host John Cena recently pulled off a perfect parody of the 1984 hit movie, 'The Karate Kid' on the comedy show.

In a skit dubbed 'The Karate Teen,' the 39-year-old wrestler played the role of Sammy Knox who became a dead-on ringer for a slightly older Billy Zabka, the 'Karate Kid' bully and one of the most infamous teen bad-guy actors of the era, reports cnet.com.

'SNL' cast member Mikey Day played Jeffy LeHart, the good-guy nerd with high hopes and next-to-no shot at winning, with Kenan Thompson as the white-bearded Mr. Miyagi who trained Knox.

The sketch also paid homage to the shifu's unorthodox training techniques, mystical lessons of encouragement and the rooting-for-the-underdog setup.

Cena was able to show his comedic range through a wide range of characters from one-half of the Klovak Brothers (a tandem of magicians in the spirit of Siegfried and Roy) to a bookstore employee Jean-George.

Donning a crimson football jersey, Cena also played an earnest student-athlete who says he takes academics 'incredibly seriously' before giving a presentation on bananas nailed to plywood, while his fellow students focus on slightly more complicated scientific matters.

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