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Story of North Dakota man who stripped naked in church holy water appears on 'Saturday Night Live'

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NEW YORK — If "Saturday Night Live" catches wind of a story for its "Weekend Update" segment, you know it must be bizarre.

That was exactly the case with a recent story out of Mandan, N.D., where a man, allegedly high on methamphetamines, stripped naked and climbed into the holy water font during Mass at a local Catholic church Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The story, originally reported by The Bismarck Tribune, was featured in the most-recent episode of Saturday Night Live that aired this past Saturday, Oct. 13.

Michael Che, a "co-anchor" during the segment, delivered the punchline.

"A man in North Dakota was arrested after he climbed into the holy water fountain during Mass and started masturbating," Che said before delivering the joke. "OK, but show me where exactly in the Bible it says you can't do that."

The audience responded with a collective laugh.

The 21-year-old man, who was not identified by police, was arrested for ingestion of meth, criminal mischief and indecent exposure.

According to Deputy Chief Lori Flaten, the man had reportedly been at the same church earlier with the Book of Mormon and was trying to bless people before being asked to leave.

The man then allegedly returned during Mass, stripped, entered the fountain and then walked down the aisle masturbating. Flaten said preschool children were present at the service when the incident occurred.

Flaten said the church will have to drain, sterilize and re-bless the holy water following the incident.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at rtorgerson@forumcomm.com. Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson