Before the sketches began rolling, the solid first mirrored on the previous yr and simply how “crazy” it was.
“We went from doing very weird shows at home to terrifying shows in-person,” Bowen Yang stated.
“Everyone else was fleeing New York, but Lorne [Michaels] was like, ‘We should go back — for comedy,’” Ego Nwodim chimed in.
“Yeah, it was a perfect environment for laughs,” Heidi Gardner added.
The solid exchanged recollections — together with getting examined for coronavirus alongside celeb hosts, how folks in New York City banged pots and pans for first responders every night earlier than the pattern phased out, and masked rehearsals. Chris Rock, the first host of the season, then took the stage.
“Here’s how messed up the world was when I hosted. I wanted Kanye West to be the musical guest — and he couldn’t do it because he was running for president. Remember that?” Rock stated. “Also the week I was here, the sitting president who said COVID would disappear got COVID.”
He continued: “Then the election was over, and Heat Miser loses, right? Big moment for ‘SNL.’ Clearly the right time to leave to end the season. But no, these idiots did twelve more shows. Even Jim Carrey knew it was time to go home.”
The jokes aimed at Donald Trump didn’t cease there. But the present commander-in-chief wasn’t spared both.
During the “Weekend Update” section of the present, co-host Colin Jost started by additionally evaluating how the season was ending to the way it began out. “I have to say I think that the country is in a better place than when we started the season,” he stated.
“In September, there were headlines like ‘Will the president destroy democracy?’” Jost stated. “And who can forget that time when the president tried to murder Congress? Apparently, Congress can, since the Senate is likely to block a bipartisan investigation into the Capitol riots, thanks to opposition from Mitch McConnell.”
Jost then poked enjoyable at President Biden with a lighthearted joke about how he drove Ford’s new all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck at a producing plant in Michigan this previous week.
“You’re probably thinking, ‘Haha, he’s old. I bet he drives slow.’ Well, watch this,” Jost stated. A video of Biden flooring it after talking to the media — who set free laughs — was then performed.
“Jesus, Joe. I’m not going to lie, that made me think we were about to have our first female president,” Jost quipped. “Last time a guy his age drove that fast he traveled into the future.”
Other sketches aired all through the night time included one about two groups of designer angels — one tasked with growing the human girl and the different the human man — one other that featured a music about Pride Month, which lacked its common festivities final yr, and one the place Aidy Bryant and Taylor-Joy hosted a school panel.
“Thank you for staying with us through an election, an insurrection, and an objection that there was an insurrection,” Cecily Strong stated.
“And as someone who played Rudy Giuliani and experienced the year through his eyes, I can tell you, it was one wild ride, baby,” Kate McKinnon added.
Watch a few of the night time’s sketches:
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