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‘Saturday Night Live’ returns, acknowledges churn concern

“Saturday Night Live” brought issues of cast rotation, the quality of its comedy and concerns about its future to the forefront as it opened its 47th season.

The show’s cold open was a parody of a streaming talk show hosted by NFL legends and brothers Peyton Manning (played by host Miles Teller) and Eli Manning (played by actor Andrew Dismukes), “Peytoncast”.

“Instead of football, we decided to watch the season premiere of SNL,” Eli Manning said.

The show has been the subject of high expectations and intense scrutiny after the release of several of its most beloved cast members over the summer. In an article about SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels last month, the New York Times counted the bodies:

Gone are Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athari, the publication reported.

A slate of four new cast members for the season left her vulnerable to Peyton Manning’s ribs from Teller: “Let’s see what they spent all summer creating.”

The siblings focused on SNL in real time, analyzing it as if it were a football game. He glanced at a sketch of the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago.

Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, was portrayed as a man at peace just before the agents entered the scene. He said, “There’s no lawyers. There’s no FBI. I’m in my happy place.”

The brothers criticized actor Bowen Yang’s performance, noting that he is now one of the most experienced performers on the show.

“He was supposed to ramp up this year, but you can tell the pressure is mounting on him,” Peyton Manning said.

The football siblings went to a graph to explain the show’s performance so far: 14 attempted jokes and three laughs were listed.

Jon Hamm joined the pair in noting that new star player Devon Walker “really has a thing” when it comes to comedy.

But Hamm and the hosts expressed disappointment when Walker entered Trump’s skit to portray South Dakota’s “Corn-bassdor,” the “Corn Kid.”

“This is Devon Walker’s first appearance on national television, and they had him do Corn Kid?” says Peyton Manning.

A skit had fun with pop star Adam Levine’s exposed direct messages to a model who is not his wife. The skit was in the form of a game show in which the contestants, all men, could win $100 million by simply sending a “normal” Instagram DM to a woman.

Of course, that couldn’t be done, with Mikey Day’s Levine serving as the candidate and a prime example of men sending inappropriate messages to women.

But one man took up the challenge: Yang. When asked what his secret was, he replied, “Being gay.”

The “Weekend Update” news segment featured Colin Jost and Michael Che as returning hosts.

Che noted that Hurricane Ian this week caused loss and damage to Florida, a state ruled by Governor Ron DeSantis known for his opposition to the hypothetical teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools. .

“It’s such a historic tragedy,” Che said of the storm, “that DeSantis won’t let them teach about it in Florida schools.”

Meanwhile, Jost mocked President Joe Biden’s public gaffes by quoting the 79-year-old president as asking the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to join him at the inauguration ceremony. official Friday for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

“Where is Judge Ginsberg,” he said. “Ruth, come here.”


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