December 02, 2018
It seems the only people more obsessed with talking about Gritty than Philadelphians are the writers for "Saturday Night Live."
The mascot has made multiple appearances on the show, and this week it took a holiday turn.
"Weekend Update" host Colin Jost told a cheering audience that Gritty helped to light the Christmas tree in front of City Hall this week.
Which was true. On Nov. 29, the city held a lighting ceremony that featured a bunch of speakers and performers. But as far as mascots go, Gritty wasn't the only one present: All of the Philadelphia mascots were there, including the Phillie Phanatic, the Eagles' Swoop, and the Union's Phang.
"Gritty was a last minute replacement for Santa Clause, who was busy trying to escape from Gritty's trunk," Jost said.
Not true. But funny.
Here's the entire clip.