"Mr. Willoughby" on Saturday Night Live


Saturday Night Live had a skit related to Jane Austen: a trailer for a new film from “Jane Austen’s last, unfinished book, Mr. Willoughby.” Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and guest host Scarlett Johansson, dressed in outrageous (and rather Victorian style) wigs and exceedingly frilly Empire gowns, enumerated the many charms of “Mr. Willoughby,” including wax-caked ears, moles on his neck, and an unnatural interest in the choir boys of “Upper Cornholeshire.”

It was mildly amusing at best, though interesting for its apparent commentary that Hollywood will sell anything with the Jane Austen™ Brand on it.