Manti Te’o: Funny or Die plays it for laughs (video)

January 20, 2013

Manti Te’o is going to have a lot to talk about with Katie Couric.

Manti Te'o is getting the full Manti treatment on the internet. (David J. Phillip / AP) Manti Te’o is getting the full Manti treatment on the internet. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Like how it feels to be the butt of jokes on “Saturday Night Live” and Funny or Die. Lance Armstrong took the worst of it on “SNL,” leaving plenty of room for Funny or Die.

First, there’s a fake Te’o in a fake eHarmony ad about the hoax surrounding his fake dead girlfriend. He confides that he and Lennay Kekua had their challenges, “like when she got in a car accident at some point in an eight-month span in 2011.” Still, “she’s the most considerate person I know, like when she called me after she already died of leukemia. That changed my life. I can’t believe I met somebody this incredible. And nobody else believes it either.”

And in the “Catfish” episode featuring Te’o (and a creepycrawlly version of “Good Vibrations”), the Te’o impersonater utters these immortal words when Kekua calls him after her funeral: “You came back to life! Yeah! Did you see my game against USC?”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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