Why has Maine become a national punchline?

An image from &quotMaine Justice," which premiered on &quotSaturday Night Live" on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
An image from "Maine Justice," which premiered on "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
BDN staff reports
Posted March 20, 2013, at 12:21 p.m.

Jimmy Kimmel’s take on Maine State Lottery’s recent rebranding blunder is just the latest in a series of recent quips made at Maine’s expense. Has Maine become the butt of the nation’s jokes? What follows is a list of videos that gained national exposure in the last couple years, in chronological order. If your memory is better than ours, email web@bangordailynews.com or comment below with a link to national press the state has received, and we’ll update the list continuously throughout the day. To get the ball rolling:

• Wednesday, April 7, 2010: “The Colbert Report” featured a segment on Houlton’s reaction to Fentimans Victorian Lemonade, which contains .5 percent alcohol by volume.

• Monday, Jan. 17, 2011: Stephen Colbert opened “The Colbert Report” with a segment about Gov. Paul LePage declining the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s invitation to attend Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremonies.

• Thursday, March 24, 2011: LePage was singled out by Jon Stewart in a segment on Republican governors.

Monday, March 28, 2011: Colbert commented on LePage’s controversial decision to remove a mural from the Maine Department of Labor.

• Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” had a five-minute produced segment on “The Redneck Blank,” formerly The Redneck Olympics, in Oxford.

• Monday, Oct. 8, 2012: “The Colbert Report” featured Maine Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, D-Waterville, at the time a candidate also known for playing a level-85 orc rogue in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game “World of Warcraft.”

• Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012: “Saturday Night Live”, in its “Weekend Update” segment, featured a sketch about two gay lobstermen from Maine.

• Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012: “Saturday Night Live” debuted “Maine Justice,” a sketch featuring a Southern courtroom transplanted to Bangor.

• Monday, March 4, 2013: “The Colbert Report” tackled the caper of the missing scallop guts.

• Saturday, March 9, 2013: “Saturday Night Live” again brought its audience to a Bangor courtroom for a second installment of “Maine Justice.”

• Tuesday, March 19, 2013: Jimmy Kimmel took aim at the Maine State Lottery for attempting to name instant-win scratch tickets “Kwikies.”

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