Kenan Thompson managed to make a cursory mention of the murder of Tire Nichols by Memphis police officers in Saturday Night Liveunrelated cold open sketch this week. And Colin Jost and Michael Che seemed to agree that the biggest news of the week was just too dark to joke about on “Weekend Update.”
Instead, the pair focused on Facebook welcoming Donald Trump back to its platform after a two-year ban – “this time they’ll put safeguards in place to keep him under control, which will , I think, is the same thing they say every time they try to reopen Jurassic Park” – and searching for classified documents in the homes of former presidents.
Then came this joke from Che about a Capitol hearing this week: “During Senate hearings investigating Live Nation and their monopoly on concert ticket sales, Taylor Swift fans protested outside the Capitol. Aww, that’s nice. And only two years after their fathers were there.
A photo of right-wing insurgents appeared on screen as the live audience groaned in response – and Jost listened happily to his co-host’s punchline.
From there, Jost moved on to a joke about Florida Senator Rick Scott promising to complete the US-Mexico border wall and name it after Donald Trump. “Even though most things with Donald Trump’s name on them are complete failures,” he joked as Donald Trump Jr.’s picture appeared on the screen next to him.
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