“Saturday Night Live” returned for a 48th season this weekend — but many of its fan-favorite cast members didn’t. After losing the likes of Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, and more, the long-running sketch comedy program took a self-deprecating approach to its latest installment.
Hosted by “Top Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller with musical guest Kendrick Lamar, Saturday’s telecast spanned sports, politics and entertainment – from the FBI investigation into former President Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago to Nicole Kidman’s infamous AMC commercial.
“This year I was in a movie called ‘Top Gun: Maverick,'” Teller told the audience in his opening monologue. “One of the things I loved about the film is that it really seemed to bring people together. I mean, it’s not every day that you get a movie that’s loved by both the military community and the gay community.
“It was also great working with Tom Cruise. … We both pushed the absolute limit for this film. He did his own stunts and I grew my own mustache.”
Between sketches and digital shorts, Lamar performed the songs “Rich Spirit,” “N95,” and “Father Time” from his recently released fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” – with a guest appearance by Sampha.
Here’s a selection of other key takeaways from Saturday’s broadcast.
This weekend’s Cold Open parodied ESPN’s “Manningcast.” But instead of analyzing “Monday Night Football,” co-hosts Peyton (Teller) and Eli Manning (Andrew Dismukes) provided play-by-play commentary on the first sketch of the night – which caught Trump during the hurricane in Mar-a- Lago visited Jan.
“Oh good, a Trump sketch,” Teller’s Peyton Manning remarked dryly at the beginning of the show. “Possible to mix it up.”
While introducing the series’ newest cast members, the Cold Open also featured celebrity guest appearances from Teller’s “Top Gun: Maverick” co-star Jon Hamm (himself a three-time “SNL” host) and pro snowboarder Shaun White.
After Teller’s Peyton Manning called White’s performance “redundant stuntcasting,” Hamm responded, “Sometimes they have to bring in a real celebrity when the host isn’t that famous. … When they couldn’t get the star of the big summer movie — your Tom Cruise or your Jon Hamm — they had to get the co-star.
Teller pretended to almost break character, responding in his Manning voice, “Well, I’ve heard they rarely put the host out in the open, so it’s special when they do.”
Chloe Fineman channels Kidman for an AMC parody
In her best sparkling pantsuit, actress Fineman gave an eerie look at Kidman while parodying the actor’s dramatic promo for AMC Theaters – which has gained something of a cult following in the last year or so.
“We come to this place for magic,” Fineman recited in an Australian accent.
“Because we need that… that indescribable feeling we get when the lights dim and we go places we’ve never been before.” … Somehow heartbreak feels good in a place like this.”
The game show asks Adam Levine to send a normal direct message
A classic game show skit, which poked fun at Maroon 5 frontman Levine’s recent cheating scandal and actress Armie Hammer’s alleged cannibalistic tendencies, urged male celebrities to send “something normal” to women on Instagram for a chance at one Get $100 million in profit.
“The game is very simple,” Teller’s game show host explained to the audience and the contestants: Levine (Mikey Day), Hammer (James Austin Johnson), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Kenan Thompson), and Bowen Yang (who plays himself).
“All they have to do is reply to a woman’s DM on Instagram in a normal way.”
It’s time for BeReal… even during a bank robbery?
Social media’s hottest new platform, BeReal, officially became “SNL” this weekend during a digital short film in which bank customers talk bank robbers into downloading the popular photo-sharing app.
“It’s amazing,” says a hostage played by Yang. “It’s this app that exploded over the summer. It’s the only honest social media.”
“You think I’m an idiot?” barks a bank robber played by Teller. “Honest social media doesn’t exist.”
‘Weekend Update’ catches up with Mitch McConnell and Herschel Walker
Before the midterm elections, Weekend Update co-host Michael Che met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Johnson) and football player-turned-Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker (Thompson).
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