Jerrod Carmichael promised he wouldn’t talk about it. And by saying he didn’t want to talk about it, he inevitably sparked a whole conversation about the infamous Oscar slap.
“I’m not going to talk about it,” Carmichael said in his opening monologue for “Saturday Night Live.”
After six days of everything from memes to in-depth analysis, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars last Sunday was the hottest topic of conversation. And it was also the hottest topic of last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
Carmichael, an American comedian and host of last night’s episode, recently released his new HBO Max comedy special, “Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel,” on Friday. In the special, Carmichael came out as gay.
However, Carmichael said he was encouraged to talk about the slap to “heal the nation”.
“I’ve been gay for about 48 hours bro,” Carmichael said. “Like there’s so much gay stuff I need to do before I can heal the nation.”
From OJ Simpson’s comments about the slap in the weekend update to a real-life re-enactment of the Oscars show with Chris Redd as Will Smith, the slap was front and center on the show. yesterday evening.
“Honestly, I can’t even blame the academy for not knowing what to do. No one knew what to do,” Colin Jost said during the Weekend Update segment. one of the craziest things we will ever see in our lives.”
Still, other topics in the news from the show’s three-week hiatus have surfaced, including the Supreme Court hearing for Ketanji Jackson Brown and the first union at Amazon.
Here are some of the funniest moments — both slap-related and non-slap-related — from last night’s episode.
“Fox & Friends” cold open
The opener – styled as an episode of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” – featured hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade played by Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner and Mikey Day respectively. The three talked about Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, and special guest judge Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginni Thomas, played by Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon.
President Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, even made an appearance on a Mar-a-Lago facetime call. Inevitably, the hosts speak
“I saw a slap, I enjoyed the slap, I was very impressed with Hitch,” Johnson said as Trump before taking an irrelevant tangent. “A whole arm on Hitch, I always knew he had an arm.”
Host Jerrod Carmichael: “Can you believe it’s been six days?”
In addition to Carmichael’s discussion of not discussing the Oscar slap, he explains how it feels like the slap happened over a week ago.
“Six days! It happened a week ago,” Carmichael said. “Don’t you feel like it happened years ago? Like it didn’t happen when we were all in high school, right?
Weekend Update is known for poking fun at recent topics in the news and this week hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che didn’t hold back, especially when it came to the slap.
“During his acceptance speech, Will Smith said ‘Love will make you do crazy things,'” Che said. “You know what else will make you do crazy things?” Crazy.”
The segment also interviewed OJ Simpson, played by Keenan, about the slap.
“Will Smith might have overreacted by slapping Chris Rock,” Keenan said while playing Simpson. “I mean, Will, I’m not saying you have rage issues, but hey, if the glove fits you.”
No skit has dealt with the Oscars incident as directly as this one, where a seat filler at the Oscars awards show interacts with Will Smith before, during and after the infamous slap.
Will Smith, played by Chris Redd, interacts with a seat filler played by Carmichael in a friendly manner, however, stops mid-conversation to slap Chris Rock. He continues talking to the fan, asking him if he wants a selfie and smiling, as if nothing had happened.
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