On Thursday night, NBC premiered the first episode of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update Summer Edition—a half-hour version of the sketch show’s traditional satirical newscast, starring its usual “Weekend Update” hosts, Michael Che and Colin Jost. The debut went pretty much as expected: thanks to an increasingly crowded backdrop of late-night comedians, a lot of the material felt a bit worn in. Still, there were some notable high points, including two particularly funny guest appearances—one of which came, unexpectedly, from Bill Hader, who crashed the show to do his best impression of Anthony Scaramucci.
Jost and Che were in the middle of their newscast when a surprise FaceTime call took over the screen. Fans cheered as Hader appeared, blowing kisses at the camera as he explained his reason for crashing the episode: “I heard you two nutless liberal asswipes”—which Hader pronounced “ass-wee-pays”—“mention my name earlier. And when I hear my name three times, I appear like a Goomba Beetlejuice.” When Che asked if he was surprised to have been ousted after only 11 days, “the Mooch” said, “Hell no!”
“Not after what I said to that asswipe from The New Yorker, which was all off the record, by the way,” “Scaramucci” continued, once again leaning into the intentional mispronunciation of “asswipe.” “But I guess people didn’t like it when I said that—and let me see if I can clean this up for primetime—that Steve Bannon was trying to ‘s’ his own ‘c.’ And by the by, I was completely misquoted. I wasn’t saying that Bannon was trying to ‘s’ his own ‘c’; he did it! I saw it! Tongue to tip. Next question.” As for whether he had any regrets? Definitely not: “All I did was sell my company, miss the birth of my child, and ruin my entire reputation. All to be king of idiot mountain for 11 days.”
The other highlight of the night came when Alex Moffat and Mikey Day stopped by to reprise their Eric and Donald Trump Jr. impressions. Although the bit has grown a little stale since the two first debuted it, there was still something undeniably funny about Moffat’s “Eric” playing with a fidget spinner while Day’s “Junior” tried to explain away accusations of collusion—especially when he started trying to tap it with his tongue.
Other guests included Leslie Jones—who did her usual appearance as herself to flirt with Jost—and Keenan Thompson. Weekend Update Summer Edition marks the fourth time S.N.L. has brought the satirical newscast to primetime; the first was in 2008 with Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, which came back for a second go-around in 2009 and a third in 2012. This time around, NBC has done away with the cold open that preceded its broadcast in the first three iterations, but everything else appears to have followed the usual template. As the weeks roll by, it’ll be interesting to see who else Lorne Michaels can convince to come in to work during summer hiatus. Start drawing Kate McKinnon on those vision boards now.
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