Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update mocked former President Donald Trump, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, and Justice Samuel Alito, among others.
Comic legends Steve Martin and Martin Short were the guest hosts on this week’s edition of Saturday Night Live. Between the two of them, Martin and Short boast a total of 18 hosting appearances (15 for Steve Martin and 3 for Short), and Short clocked an additional two dozen appearances as a member of the cast in the mid-80s. Martin also made more than a dozen more appearances as a guest.
Brandi Carlile was the musical guest.
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 Trump’s now-infamous rant, Sinema’s party switch, and Alito’s curious line of questioning, as well as other current events.
Watch just the jokes above via NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
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