That Italian restaurant sketch is actually also a remake of an American SNL sketch. The original was from 1991 and featured Kirstie Alley, Kevin Nealon, Adam Sandler, Dana Carvey, Rob Schneider, et al. When she hosted again in 1993, the horny Italians came back as operators of a Roman hotel.
Low-quality Youtube version for Internationals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wC5pC5LBQ
This might challenge your Puritanical roots thesis, though it may be argued that America has gotten more Puritanical since 1991.
Does anyone remember a recurring incoherent hillbilly character who had a chicken for a pet/wife circa 1997? I forgot what his official name was, or any specific details of the sketches for that matter. I think they were doing their taxes in one of them?
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