Alec Baldwin's Trump returns on a top-heavy Weekend Update: Summer Edition

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Lorne Michaels’ Saturday Night Live news summer camp has been whatever the benign opposite of a pleasant surprise is. Trotting out some extended, prime-time editions of SNL’s venerably above-average fake news broadcast is a low-risk way to ride the momentum of last season’s ratings success while keeping in shape for…

On Weekend Update: Summer Edition, Jost and Che (and Fey) dismantle this shit-cake of a week

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As usual, Tina Fey puts things in perspective. Not only does she add a new hashtag to the world (“sheetcaking” should be trending pretty soon—and, yup, there it is), her guest appearance on tonight’s Weekend Update: Summer Edition provides context for how best to enjoy these SNL pre-season warmups. Showing up in her…

Michael Che on SNL, Trump, and why he thinks “one man can’t ruin everything”

As a Weekend Update co-anchor, Michael Che helps tie Saturday Night Live to current events. Although the show has topical sketches, Update is its heart and gives the cast a way to shoot pointed barbs at even the unfunniest bits of the week’s news. Alongside Colin Jost, Che both delivers the news and acts as a foil for …

Back in the ’90s, Colin Quinn thought Matt Damon was as bad as Hitler

Given how affable Matt Damon is, it’s hard to believe that anyone’s ever born him any ill will. Despite all the “diss” tracks, his feud with Jimmy Kimmel is just a joke (yes, really). Even Minnie Driver, who was unceremoniously dumped by her Good Will Hunting co-star when he pulled a reverse Tom Cruise during an Oprah …

Weekend Update’s DNC Special finds just enough to fill 15 minutes

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In last week’s hilariously baffling post-show interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (more on this week’s version later), the ever-bombastic host asked if Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost thought they’d be more welcome at this week’s Philadelphia-hosted Democratic National Convention than they were in…

Gaze hungrily upon the soiled plates of New York, thanks to Instagram

“Clean your plate.” It’s a familiar refrain from childhood, a phrase repeated by generations of weary parents to their ungrateful offspring. But maybe the parents of the world have been on to something the whole time. A clean plate is, in its way, a beautiful thing. It’s an emblem of a meal that was thoroughly…