In its final edition of 2020, “Weekend Update” began with a farewell montage to Donald Trump and ended with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che writing offensive jokes for each other to read.
“Before he’s tranquilized and moved like a dinosaur in ‘Jurassic Park,’ I just want to take a moment and recognize some of his greatest moments in office,” Jost said to start the segment, before playing a montage of Trump “highlights” set to “Closing Time” by Semisonic.
As has become a holiday tradition on the show, Che and Jost ended “Weekend Update” by forcing each other to read previously unseen headlines, which usually resulted in the hosts saying something offensive or personally hurtful.
For Che, it meant making jokes about the type of women he usually sleeps with and having to put a personal spin on a story about Jeffrey Epstein.
“The Palm Beach mansion once owned by Jeffrey Epstein will soon be demolished,” Che said. “And I’m honestly shocked that they would demolish a place where I have so many fond memories. Rest in power, king. I’ll take it from here.”
For Jost, it meant reading several racist punchlines, as well as a joke mocking his wife, Scarlett Johansson (“The Avengers”), who once said she should be “allowed to play any person, tree, or animal” after being criticized for taking movie roles portraying an Asian woman (“Ghost in the Shell”) and a transgender man (“Rub and Tug”). (Johansson exited “Rub and Tug” before filming began.)
“It was announced that Creed singer Scott Stapp will play Frank Sinatra in an upcoming movie,” Jost said. “But the good news is, Sammy Davis Jr. will be played by Scarlett Johansson.”
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