Steve Doocy (Alex Moffat), Ainsley Earhardt (Heidi Gardner) and Brian Kilmeade (Mikey Day) interview Justice Clarence Thomas (Kenan Thompson), his wife Ginni Thomas (Aidy Bryant [sic — actually Kate McKinnon]) and Donald Trump (James Austin Johnson).Once again, 'SNL' lampoons Fox News in its cold open. While the sketch began mocking Fox News's take the Supreme Court hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, I think it really got going when satirizing Ginni Thomas's texts. I just wonder if listing Aidy Bryant instead of Kate McKinnon was supposed to be an April Fools joke or if it reflected a last-minute casting change. Cecily Strong's Jeanine Pirro was spot-on as always, although I found the subject bizarre even for Fox News. I'm going to have to examine the right wing's attack on Disney; it's surreal. Finally, James Austin Johnson's Trump is still enough to make me not miss Alec Baldwin.
Follow over the jump for Weekend Update and one other bonus clip plus the top four "SNL" posts.
Last night's comedy news roundup began with Weekend Update: Putin Misinformed by Advisers, Will Smith Resigns from Academy.
Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like Senator Lindsey Graham announcing he will not support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.Despite the preview image and video description, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, which I referenced obliquely in 'Diana the Musical' and 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' the biggest Razzie 'winners', dominated this clip and two others from last night. That alone qualifies this entry as the Sunday entertainment feature.
Weekend Update continued with First Amazon Union Formed, Jen Psaki to Leave White House.
Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like the Daily Wire planning to spend $100 million on conservative children’s programming to rival Disney.Not only are right-wing media going after Disney's media, but Florida Republicans are even thinking of repealing the legislation creating Disney's own government, the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Again, I find both the venom and the speed of the attack astonishing.
Cecily Strong returned as Senator Marsha Blackburn on Judge Jackson’s Confirmation Hearings.
Senator Marsha Blackburn (Cecily Strong) stops by Weekend Update to discuss Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings."If you don't know what a woman is, how can you take her rights away?" That's about the broadest framing for the context of Senator Blackburn's question I could imagine and the one that affects the greatest number of Americans.
Weekend Update concluded with Weekend Update: O.J. Simpson on Will Smith’s Oscars Slap.
O.J. Simpson (Kenan Thompson) stops by Weekend Update to discuss Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.That's O.K., Kenan as O.J. I didn't watch the Oscars live, either. That's why I haven't written a post about them, even though today is National Film Score Day and "Dune" won for Original Score. I'll get to it, eventually.
Now for the last clip about "The Slap," Jerrod Carmichael Monologue.
First-time SNL host Jerrod Carmichael talks about what happened with Will Smith at the Oscars and coming out on his HBO special.Why so much attention to this tempest in a tea cup? As I first wrote in 2011, "America is quite clear about its screwed up priorities. My experience has convinced me that the surest way to get Americans to act is to mess with their entertainment." "The Slap" messed with Americans' entertainment, so they're acting out, if not actually doing something about it.
Now for a retrospective of the top posts featuring "SNL" during the eleventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
The top post of the eleventh year of this blog is 'SNL' lampoons Fox News in its Ukraine cold open from March 6, 2022 with ~21,500 default and 21,484 raw page views. This entry catapulted into the all time top ten and number one for the year within three hours of being shared at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page on March 6, 2022. First, it knocked Instructions on how to deal with an active shooter out of the all-time top 20 between 4:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Sic transit gloria mundi. It passed John Oliver on feelings over facts and Colbert on Trumpiness, Update to 'Suit against John Oliver and HBO dismissed,' top post for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, U.S. leaving Iran nuclear agreement pushes U.S. oil price above $70 plus driving update for May 2018: Pearl, Flu killed 80,000 Americans last year, including 183 children, the CDC reported, so get a a flu shot, The tax bill and the U.S. economy in 2018 and beyond, Trump thinks Sanders is the right enemy, Seeker explains how television entertainment can shape our political opinions, John Oliver on stadiums and NFL cheerleaders for Super Bowl Sunday, Last Week Tonight examines Clinton and Trump foundations after winning three Emmy Awards, and A comparison of two measures of media bias shows readers and viewers respond to both ideology and quality to enter the all-time top 10 between 5:00 and 5:50 P.M. It then passed 'SNL' opens with holiday greetings from Fauci and others about 5:52 P.M. on March 6, 2022 (I watched it happen) to become the most read entry of both 2022 and the 2021-2022 blogging year. It passed Spring ahead, although it's probably not good for you and Vox on Puerto Rico statehood and John Oliver on territories shortly after 6:00 P.M. The post ended its first day with 9856 page views, including 3740 page views its first hour, helping the blog earn 11,446 page views by 7:00 P.M. EST on March 6, 2022. It then shot past Doctors to Congress: Fund gun violence research at the CDC and NIH about 7:30 P.M. It rose past Zombie Apocalypse Index for Day of the (Walking) Dead just after 8:20 P.M. It continued climbing, passing Vox explains how proportional representation can solve gerrymandering and help minor parties and Update to 'Vox explains how proportional representation can solve gerrymandering and help minor parties,' the second most read entry for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, plus minor parties between 9:00 and 10:00 P.M. to reach third place on the all-time list. It edged past Suit against John Oliver and HBO dismissed between 1:00 and 1:45 P.M. on March 8, 2022 to become the second most read entry of all time. It is continuing to gain page views, as it ended March 2022 with ~21,600 default and 21,663 raw page views to be the top post for the month as well. It currently has 21,671 raw page views, which the graphic above rounds to 21.7K. This is the first and so far only addition to the all-time top 20 list during 2022 so far.
'SNL' opens with holiday greetings from Fauci and others from December 12, 2021 was the second most read entry of the eleventh blogging year and the most read entry of the 2021 calendar year with ~8,080 default and 8,723 raw page views. I shared the link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, which was enough to make it go "viral" (pardon the pun). It passed Ten years ago, we were partying like it was 1929. Are we about to do it again?, knocking it out of the top 20 (Sic transit gloria mundi), and Instructions on how to deal with an active shooter between 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. on December 13, 2021 to reach 19th on the all-time top 20 according to default page views. It passed John Oliver on feelings over facts and Colbert on Trumpiness between 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M, then Update to 'Suit against John Oliver and HBO dismissed,' top post for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News and U.S. leaving Iran nuclear agreement pushes U.S. oil price above $70 plus driving update for May 2018: Pearl between 2:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. to rank 16th. It passed Flu killed 80,000 Americans last year, including 183 children, the CDC reported, so get a a flu shot at 10:27 P.M. (I watched it happen) to reach 15th. Between Midnight and 7:00 A.M. on December 14th, it passed both The tax bill and the U.S. economy in 2018 and beyond and Trump thinks Sanders is the right enemy to reach 13th. Between 9:30 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. on the 14th, it climbed over Seeker explains how television entertainment can shape our political opinions and John Oliver on stadiums and NFL cheerleaders for Super Bowl Sunday to land at 11th on the all-time list, where it remained until 1:45 P.M. EST on Christmas Day, when it passed Last Week Tonight examines Clinton and Trump foundations after winning three Emmy Awards to enter the all-time top 10, ending the month and calendar year at 8.02K default page views, the top post of calendar year 2021. This was the only addition to the all-time top 20 list during 2021. The entry continued its climb in the new year, passing A comparison of two measures of media bias shows readers and viewers respond to both ideology and quality between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. on January 5, 2022 to reach ninth overall with 8.11K default page views. It reached 8.22K default page views before 'SNL' lampoons Fox News in its Ukraine cold open passed it about 5:52 P.M. on March 6, 2022 and pushed it down to tenth. To add insult to injury, it lost ~110 page views according to the default counter to fall to 8.11K page views and eleventh place slightly behind A comparison of two measures of media bias shows readers and viewers respond to both ideology and quality by 7:00 P.M. EST that night. Despite the default page views falling to 8.08K, the entry continues to earn readers, as the graphic shows it currently has 8.78K raw page views.
The third most read entry of the blogging year just ended was 'SNL' examines the Russian invasion of Ukraine, posted February 28, 2022. I shared it at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page that evening, which helped it earn ~4,870 default and 4,978 raw page views by March 20, 2022. While its default page views have stalled, its raw page views continued to increase, ending March 2022 with 5,023. It currently has 5,059 page views, which the graphic rounds to 5.06K.
5 (6/6). 'SNL' on infrastructure bill passing and the rest of this week's news from November 7, 2021 ranked fifth based on its ~3,070 default page views and six according to its 3,119 raw page views behind 'Murder hornets' return for World Honey Bee Day with 3,170 raw page views. It earned those page views after I shared it at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page. It was the most read entry during November 2021 and ended 2021 as the second most read entry of the calendar year.
Two more posts featuring video clips from "SNL" landed in the top twenty, 'SNL' laughs at Facebook's bad week and 'Saturday Night Live' returns after winning eight Emmy Awards. I plan on writing about both of them, so stay tuned.
Previous posts in this series
- Happy International Day of Nowruz 1401 (2022) and happy 11th birthday to Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Statistics for the eleventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Stephen Colbert on missing Trump White House phone records and Ginni Thomas's texts updates the attempt to overturn the 2020 election
- PBS Eons reflects on Piltdown Man for April Fools Day, a Flashback Friday holiday special
- Ramadan begins, a holiday special
- CDC offering zombie apocalypse tips updates 'Zombie Apocalypse Index for Day of the (Walking) Dead,' the top post of the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News for Throwback Thursday
- Washington Post on whistleblowing and WHAS11 on Rand Paul testing positive for coronavirus update the top post from the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Record unemployment claims and coronavirus accelerating existing retail trends update tales of the Retail Apocalypse for the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- 'Frontline' updates 'Facebook knows your political affiliation and much more,' the top post of the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Update to 'Suit against John Oliver and HBO dismissed,' top post for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- John Oliver: Top posts for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Trump vs. Sanders, the top post of the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Top post for the fourth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News: James Robertson
- Top post for the third year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News--Ringworld
- Floods in Colorado, the other top post for the third year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, plus other climate news
- Second Year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Top post of 2012
- Second Year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Kunstler's Tea Party
- The first year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Part 1 of several