Anyone who saw Matt Damon host “Saturday Night Live’’ over the weekend knows at least half the sketches had some sort of Boston connection, from “Good Will Hunting’’ references, to a Ben Affleck name check, to a boxer who said he was “born in the back of the Cheers bar.’’ (Pronounced “bah,’’ of course.)
But let’s not overlook another sketch, one where a suburban dinner party erupts into a shouting match over pop-rock band Weezer and when, exactly, it peaked. For those who — gasp! — might not know, Weezer has its own local ties: Its first album, in 1994, was produced by Ric Ocasek of Boston band (and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers) The Cars, and Weezer frontman, Rivers Cuomo, hails from Connecticut and attended Harvard on and off for years before graduating in 2006.
In the “SNL’’ sketch, Damon plays a guy who remains a hardcore Weezer fans after 25 years, while Leslie Jones, a new neighbor at the dinner party, swears the band hasn’t done much of note since “Pinkerton’’ in 1996.
While they duke it out, the other dinner party guests shoot each other befuddled looks, with Beck Bennett speaking for all of them (and more than a few viewers) when he says, “Weezer? I didn’t even know they were still a band.’’
Well, at least one person found the sketch uproarious — Cuomo himself. He tweeted his response in joyous all caps: “THEY HAD A WHOLE ASS SKIT ABOUT WEEZER AND ME ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND IM ACTUALLY CRYING AAAGGGGHHHHHHH’’
THEY HAD A WHOLE ASS SKIT ABOUT WEEZER AND ME ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND IM ACTUALLY CRYING AAAGGGGHHHHHHH
— Rivers Cuomo (@RiversCuomo) December 16, 2018
For what it’s worth, Weezer was just nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album for “Pacific Daydream,’’ and they continue their tour with Boston alt-rock giants The Pixies in 2019, hitting Foxwoods in March.