“Saturday Night Live” will not be back until fall, but the folks at NBC were considerate enough to bless viewers with the “Weekend Update: Summer Edition,” something that will tide them over until the show actually returns — because let’s face it, we all need a little comedy to survive this ongoing horror show.
Since it went off air for the summer, SNL missed quite a few significant milestones of President Donald Trump’s administration — including the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the Russia investigation, Trump’s numerous gaffes with the world leaders and, most importantly, the arrival and departure of Anthony Scaramucci, aka The Mooch.
NBC aired the first three episodes of the special update on Thursday — and SNL stars Colin Jost and Michael Che certainly had a lot to discuss.
“How did we at SNL miss Anthony Scaramucci?” Jost began. “He was like Christmas in July. Actually he was like Hanukkah in July, because he was around for about a week and it's a miracle he lasted that long.”
Well, the real Mooch might out of the picture (at least for now), but SNL alum Bill Hader’s guest-appearance as former White House communications director was pretty much the highlight of the night.
“It’s me, Anthony Scaramucci! The Mooch,” Hader said, interrupting the show by FaceTiming the hosts. “I heard you two n****** liberal asswipes mention my name earlier and when I hear my name three times, I appear like a Goomba Beetlejuice.”
When asked about his short tenure in the White House, the Mooch replied expressed “no regrets, baby.”
“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,” he said.
The topic of frequent staff changes at the White House also came up.
“I don't know if you guys noticed but there were some minor staffing changes at the White House. Priebus is out, Spicer is out, Scaramucci barely got the tip in,” Jost said. “At this point, I don't know if Trump is colluding with Russia but he's definitely colluding with 'Dancing with the Stars.'”
Trump’s recent “fire and fury” comments against North Korea, which prompted the hermit kingdom to threaten missile strike on Guam, were also discussed.
“This could be the one thing that brings America closer to Donald Trump,” Che remarked. “I mean, I know we're all pretty divided now, but we're, like, one North Korean missile strike away from slapping him on his big ole bacon back and yelling ‘Kick his a***, Donnie!’”
SNL stars Alex Moffat and Mikey Day also returned as Eric and Donald Trump Jr.
“The whole story is a nothing-burger,” Trump Jr. said of his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer following his father’s presidential nomination. “Yes, I went to the meeting but nothing illegal happened. It's like on 'To Catch a Predator.' Guy shows up to a house with a 12-pack of Mike's Hard Lemonade and turns out it's a sting. Guy shouldn't get in trouble because nothing happened!”
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