I'm not sure this is "hilarious,'' but I know this is "important'' because once you appear as a punchline on "Saturday Night Live,'' you are a cultural icon.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk "Nabiscuit'' ... er, Nowitzki ... is all of that.
Kenan Thompson serves as the host in a skit called "Black Jeopardy" and singer Drake plays a Canadian named "Jared."
Does hilarity ensue? Meh. But does Dirk get a hat-tip, complete with a botching of his name that has long been a part of his NBA identity? Yes. Because he's now a cultural icon.