Sunday, March 6, 2022

'SNL' lampoons Fox News in its Ukraine cold open

Last weekend, "Saturday Night Live" opened with the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York. Last night, "SNL" put on a full skit for Fox News Ukraine Cold Open.

Fox News' Laura Ingraham (Kate McKinnon) and Tucker Carlson (Alex Moffat) host a Ukrainian Invasion Celebration Spectacular with special guests Donald Trump (James Austin Johnson), Steven Seagal (Bowen Yang), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) and Kimberly Gui[l]foyle (Cecily Strong).
Alex Moffat's Tucker Carlson impression is dead-on and reminds me that I still haven't watched John Oliver's video about Carlson yet. James Austin Johnson's Trump is also very good and enough to make me not miss Alec Baldwin. Kate McKinnon as Laura Ingraham, Cecily Strong as Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr. all looked the part and Strong certainly captured Guilfoyle's energy on stage. She should sing more often. Seeing Bowen Yang as Steven Seagal reminded me that my ex-wife went to school with Seagal's older sister in Fullerton, California, and she was not impressed with him at the time. As for the real victims being the oligarchs, that's very on-brand for Fox News. So was the list of sponsors, which made me realize that the advertisers on MSNBC cater to a slightly younger viewership. I don't feel quite as old now.

Follow over the jump for last night's Weekend Update.

Ukraine continued being the top story in Weekend Update: Russian Forces Slow Down, Germany Increases Military Production.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, yelling at students to take off their mask.
The top stories look a lot like those in Seth Meyers takes closer looks at the State of the Union and Russian invasion of Ukraine, but Seth is an SNL alum, so I shouldn't be surprised. Maybe I should look at "The Daily Show" and "Full Frontal" for more original takes on the news.

Moving from Ron DeSantis bullying students but remaining in the Sunshine State, here's Kate McKinnon on Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Bill.

Kate McKinnon stops by Weekend Update to discuss how she feels about Florida passing the "Don't Say Gay" bill.
You tell them, Kate!

Weekend Update: Euphoria Fans Criticize Creator, Dunkin's Shamrock Macchiato moved on to lighter news, which is enough to justify this entry being the Sunday entertainment feature.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like a new study showing 11% of American adults are afraid of the dark.
No polar bears in the Museum of the Future — that's the kind of grim joke about climate change I'd like comedians to tell more often. It might help that kind of future not come true.

Weekend Update concluded with more entertainment news in Weary Mother in Her Darkest Hour on Rihanna's Pregnancy.

A weary mother in her darkest hour (Ego Nwodim) stops by Weekend Update to discuss Rihanna's baby bump and her looks during fashion week.
Watching that reminds me that I last featured Ego Nwodim's character in 'SNL' celebrates Mother's Day with the cast's and guests' moms, which has more than 1,000 raw page views and is on the bubble for being one of the posts I include in retrospectives of the eleventh year of the blog beginning later this month. Those will begin on the 25th. Stay tuned.

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