NBC will feature SNL "Weekend Update, Summer Edition"

NBC will feature SNL

If it's political humor you crave but can't stay up past 10 p.m., not to worry, Saturday Night Live is here to save the day.

This summer, they'll host a special edition of the sketch show in primetime.

After spending the first segment focused on the continuing turmoil in Washington, Jost and Che turned their attention to less terrifying news stories including The Emoji Movie and LL Cool J. All in all, it was pretty standard fare from the anchors who didn't really knock anything out of the park. Jost began with "Well, it's been a insane year these past few weeks", but there was little they did that couldn't have been held with equal currency until a September premiere for Saturday Night Live. Jost's biggest laugh - one punctuated with gasps and groans - came from a remark about how even President Franklin Roosevelt knew when to stand up.

Opting not to air a cold open, WU Summer Edition hit the ground running with jokes about the summer turnover in the Trump White House, North Korea, and immigration. Jokes are funnier that way. It's a skit show that's hard to find anywhere else, plus it includes Weekend Update, where you'd find some of Tina Fey's best work.

Eric Trump (Alex Moffatt) and Donald Trump Jr. At least the latter has been proven inaccurate in recent months.

He went on to lament "SNL" being on vacation for Anthony Scaramucci's brief tenure as White House communications director before "SNL" alum Bill Hader showed up to play Scaramucci.

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Showing up during a FaceTime call like a "Goombah Beetlejuice", Hader's Mooch manages to distill the utter weirdness of the real life wacko while still upping the ante, declaring "Everybody loves the Mooch". "He said, son, go out there and tell the truth". In this case, Thompson was available and 22 minutes had to be filled.

Availability was probably also the impetus for Leslie Jones doing one of her as-herself appearances created to make Jost blush at her aggressive flirting and to troll her online adversaries. Jones gave much better material to Seth Meyers earlier this week.

Expect to "maybe" see guest appearances from other cast members.

With the threat of nuclear war in the headlines, it's nice that "Weekend Update" is around for the summer to add a little more levity to a news cycle that is full of fire and fury. There are dozens of examples of ideas that originated on Saturday Night Live that ultimately didn't pan out. And what better way to get voters to remember a season dominated by Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon than with something else that is absolutely, incontestably also a part of the show?

The weekly comedy show is on hiatus during the summer, but 2017 is just too juicy.

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