‘SNL’ weekend update addresses budget bill, vaccine mandates, origins of COVID – and other political football


The fake news segment of the weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” update this weekend covered Democratic bickering over the inclusion of President Biden’s climate policy in the budget bill, the tenure of the coronavirus vaccine in New York, the potential origins of the virus and the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

“The Biden administration’s climate plan will likely be removed from the budget bill after Senator Joe Manchin refuses to back it,” co-host Colin Jost said behind the Weekend Update press office. “But you know what, I’m not going to let bad weather news ruin this beautiful 80 degree October day.”

“I won’t let bad weather news ruin this beautiful 80 degree day in October.”

– Colin Jost

Jost joked that Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, would only agree to the Biden plan if it cuts clean energy and “officially makes coal one of the five food groups.”

The skit previously criticized Manchin – along with his moderate Democratic colleague Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – in the open cold two weekends ago for disagreeing with most lawmakers on their side of the aisle.

Actor Cecily Strong debuted with her impression of the Arizona senator on October 2, saying she didn’t come to Congress to make friends – “and so far, mission accomplished!”

Weekend Update managed to insert a joke about Biden this Saturday, with co-host Michael Che claiming that a new report revealed that Biden was, on average, 22 minutes behind events.

“Worse, he’s only doing it to please black voters,” Che said.


Che went on to mention that the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets banned playmaker Kyrie Irving from playing until he complied with New York City’s vaccination mandate.

“I hope this decision will finally force Kyrie to do the right thing and buy a fake vaccination card,” he joked.

Jost then comically suggested a way to resolve logistical shipping delays from Asia to the United States that are hampered by worker shortages and virus outbreaks.

“Now that might sound crazy, but could we use bats? Because the last time the bats carried something, they got really fast everywhere,” he joked about the bats. supposed origins of the virus in Wuhan. After some in the audience gasped at the joke, Jost asked, “A pro-bat crowd?”

Returning to Gruden’s resignation for the homophobic, misogynistic and racist emails, which the show covered thoroughly in its cold overture, Jost said: “It is clear that the emails are indefensible, but is it that someone wants to be judged on their old emails? “

“I mean if you could see half of the emails Che sends me,” he said in one setup, then promising to show one of the emails. “The subject line is ‘Listen, honky’ and then the body of the email just says ‘I wish they had you in Harambe’s place.'”


Finally, Che revealed that Colin Kaepernick said he always does practice sessions at 5 a.m. in case he gets called back to the NFL after being a free agent for years because of his kneeling for the National anthem.

“But the Giants are still going to stick with their current quarterback: a scarecrow on a Roomba,” Che said.

“No Time to Die” star Rami Malek hosted the episode – with cameo appearances by Daniel Craig – and Young Thug was the musical guest.

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