“Weekend Update” hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che closed out the latest season of “Saturday Night Live” with a handful of political jokes that skewered both sides of the aisle as they recapped a particularly chaotic year.
Although the show is finished with its latest season, the finale marked the first time that the popular NBC sketch show had a full, live studio audience since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020. The renewed energy in the room led to a very celebratory and politically charged “Weekend Update” segment that saw the comedians not only mock the political landscape but each other as well.
Jost opened the segment by noting that it will be the final one for a while.
“It is our last ’Weekend Update’ and I have to say that I think that the country is in a better place than when we started this season,” he joked, knowing that the coronavirus heavily impacted the start of Season 46 and forced a few early episodes to be done remotely.
‘Weekend Update’ aired its final segment of Season 46. (Will Heath/NBC)
From there, he launched into a larger recap of the year, highlighting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building.
“Who can forget that time when the president tried to murder Congress? Apparently, the Congress can since the Senate is likely to block a bipartisan investigation into the Capitol riots thanks to opposition from Mitch McConnell.”
Jost went on to mock Republicans in general for their opinions on the Capitol riots and lambasted what’s next for the party.
“Republicans just want to forget that the riots ever happened and focus on the future of their party and the future of their party is of course… yikes,” he said while showing a photo of embattled Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz.
The “Weekend Update” segment wasn’t exclusively reserved for mocking Republicans. Che took the reins next for a joke that slammed past allegations that President Joe Biden is guilty of inappropriately touching women.
“In the wake of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, insiders praise President Biden’s light touch when dealing with Benjamin Netanyahu,” Che began. “But, in fairness, everything Biden does involves some kind of touch.”
“Andrew Guliani who is the child of Rudy Guilliani and, I’m going to say… Gary Busey, announced he’s going to be running for governor of New York and claimed he spent 5 decades in politics despite the fact he’s only 35 years old,” Che joked. “I didn’t know you could get brain damage when your father drinks during a pregnancy.”
The duo then set their sights on each other by closing out the year with a brief segment in which they each had to read jokes they’d never seen before that were written for them by the other person. Che put his co-host in an uncomfortable position by making him read racially charged jokes about Warner Bros. rumored new “Superman” movie featuring a Black lead while Jost played a similar game by having Che come say he’s “the only Black man brave enough to say this on live TV, but blue lives matter even more.”