According to “Saturday Night Live,” Montrealers are weirdos who break into Céline Dion tunes at any provocation and think of Toronto first and foremost as a place where they might spot Drake. Hey, it’s a silly stereotype, but one this Montreal reporter can’t personally refute.
In a satirical sketch about a CBC Montreal morning show that aired this weekend, Bowen Yang and Kate McKinnon play Francophone news anchors hosting a show called “Bonjour-Hi.” (You might recall the seemingly innocuous bilingual greeting became a target of ire by the provincial government last year. Simpler times!)
The Montreal of the sketch — “the best parts of Canada and the worst parts of France” — is a place where everyone smokes, has “Jean” somewhere in their name, and the Québecois and European accents are interchangeable. (Yang’s accent is classic Quebec, but McKinnon’s veers much closer to French-from-France than French-Canadian.)
It also includes a segment by the week’s guest host, Issa Rae, as the Toronto correspondent on “Drake Watch.”
″I thought I saw Drake, but it was just my friend Étienne,” Rae said in a French (?) accent. ”Étienne looks a lot like Drake, plus, I was confused because he was crying in a basketball court.”