In a week teeming with scandals both political and sexual, SNL’s Weekend Update brought particularly timely and sharp lines from hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che. SNL was hammered critically for not quickly addressing Harvey Weinstein when press reports alleged he has assaulted dozens of women, and for a moment it seemed like the show was giving pass to omit scandalized NBC Today host Matt Lauer, who was just fired for cause for egregious sexual harassment of co-workers in the same building at 30 Rock. They finally addressed Lauer, but didn’t go as hard at him as Seth Meyers did days earlier.
As usual, the most lacerating lines were reserved for Trump. Opened Jost: “The good news for President Trump is that his tax plan just passed the Senate; the bad news is he might not be president long enough to sign it (in the backdrop, a photo of Michael Flynn with the headline he’s cooperating with special prosecutor Robert Mueller).” Noting that Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI on its investigation of Trump ties to Russia, Jost added, “Or as Fox News described it, ‘Did Hillary Clinton secretly join ISIS?’” He added, “Isn’t it refreshing to see a powerful man plead guilty to something that isn’t sexual harassment? Wait, he only lied to the FBI? He didn’t also whip it out during a meeting? Solid guy!”
Che talked about how Tweeting Trump does half the job for the update comedians, and finished his tweets. Back to Jost: He noted that James Comey’s tweet with the Biblical verse “’But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream’ leads me to believe he has seen that pee tape.” He added the new tax reform plan would add $1 trillion in international debt: “I knew Trump said he was going to run the country like a business; I didn’t know he was going to run it like one of his businesses.” Jost added that the plan should have a trickle-down effect: “Huge tax cuts for people making over $1 million a year, trickling down from rich parents to their kids, and from their kids to their Molly dealers at Coachella.”
Che suggested the Republicans rushing through the tax bills as Trump’s Russia woes worsened might mean the party would soon be done with its beleaguered leader. “Don’t you think it’s odd they passed this bill at 2AM without reading it? it’s like a family member showing to your hospital room with the will saying, look, you need to sign this will, tonight. Can I read it first? No time.”
Jost then reported that YouTube removed 150,000 videos with disturbing content involving children, but helpfully noted that “if you want to watch disturbing content involving children, there’s always the Alabama Senate race (with accused predator Roy Moore).”
Guest appearances sometimes slow down the broadcast, but McKinnon scored with an appearance as the demure British Prime Minister Theresa May, announcing she has become a social media hellcat in taking on the likes of Trump, Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin. She even was taking aim at her own, offering her tweet about Prince Harry’s marriage announcement. “She outcho league, you look like Ed Sheeran without skills,” she tweeted. A sketch about a couple attempting every move in the Kama Sutra book, with a shy but sadistic wife adding several new moves, ended the newscast.