SNL Weekend Update Anchors Can’t Stop Laughing At Their Own Trump Jokes
Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update focused their fire on former President Donald Trump, and co-anchor Michael Che couldn’t contain his laughter at several of the jokes.
This week’s edition of Saturday Night Live featured Woody Harrelson as guest host and rock superstar Jack White as the musical guest. Variety reported on Harrelson’s hosting gig, noting:
Woody Harrelson will return to the “Saturday Night Live” stage to host for a fifth time on Feb. 25. He leads the next batch of hosts as “SNL” returns at the end of the month for three consecutive weeks.
Musical guests for those nights include Jack White (Feb. 25), Kelsea Ballerini (March 4) and The 1975 (March 11).
Harrelson teased the appearance with an online mini-sketch promo in which he’s interrupted while listening to his pre-recorded thoughts by castmember Devon Walker:
But many fans of the sketch show wait around just to see the musical guest, then catch the weekly nightly news parody anchored by Colin Jost and Michael Che.
Weekend Update became a mainstay of SNL from the very first episode — on October 11, 1975 — of what was then called simply NBC’s Saturday Night. Chevy Chase anchored solo, and opened the sketch with a gag about disappeared Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. In the early days, Weekend Update was also peppered with commercial parodies and other conventions of TV broadcasts.
The news parody has become a tentpole of the show. In a recent interview from Chris Wallace’s series Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace on HBO Max, onetime producer Dick Ebersol told Wallace that Weekend Update was key to keeping viewers tuned in late into the show.
One feature that has come to comprise half of the Update show-within-the-show — or more — are character pieces that feature guest commentators that you really don’t see on the news these days, but used to punctuate local broadcasts in the days of Gilda Radner‘s legendary bits.
The show also often welcomes a cast member to deliver a comic bit as themselves to deliver a comedy bit. But the roots of the segment — and the favorite part for many fans — are the rapid-fire gag news items delivered by the anchors.
This week, Che and Jost took on a variety of current events as described in the opening paragraph, why are you still reading? Just click on the video.
Watch just the jokes above via NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
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