Young Professionals SNL Weekend Update host Seth Meyers talks Chompy.

SNL Weekend Update host Seth Meyers talks Chompy.

SNL hates on Chompy, Iowa’s cute but naughty alligator

Published on December 17th, 2013 | by Josh Hafner

I can only assume Saturday Night Live featured cast member and native Iowan Brooks Wheelan peruses Juice to keep up with his home state, because Chompy — the cute but naughty alligator we featured last week — made news on the latest “Weekend Update.”

A little background: Chompy was purchased online by a Waterloo man who didn’t realize it’s totally illegal for a guy to just own his own alligator in Iowa. Here’s the best part from AP’s story:

“He was really kind of cute, but he was also kind of naughty,” said Maria Tiller, Waterloo’s code enforcement forewoman. 

News of Chompy’s naughtiness made it all the way to New York, where SNL’s Seth Meyers joked that perhaps Iowa’s orphaned alligator could find a home with the owner of “Big Al’s Shoes for Pimps.”

Don’t let the haters get you down, Chompy.

The joke appears at about :23 into the clip below, just after a joke about obscene tree ornaments. 

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