Saturday Night Live briefly returned from its summer hiatus Thursday night with a first-of-its kind NBC special — Weekend Update: Summer Edition.
Weekend Update, SNL’s longest-running sketch, is normally less than ten minutes long — but due to the live comedy show’s stellar ratings since the most recent election, the skit has come to weeknight prime time for a full 30-minute segment.
The first episode of the satirical news special’s four week run was comedic music to fans’ ears, as anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che graced viewers’ television screens for the first time since May, with a slew of guest stars.
To no one’s surprise following the buzz surrounding NBC’s announcement of the special earlier this year, many fans took to Twitter to live tweet the highly-anticipated first episode. Judging by fans’ reactions, guest appearances from SNL current and former cast members like Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Alex Moffat, and Mikey Day seemed to be the highlights of the night — particularly, Hader’s Anthony Scaramucci portrayal.
— 👇JillianSederholm👇 (@JillianSed) August 11, 2017
Bill Hader is back as Scaramucci! Yay! 😃 #WeekendUpdate
— Gerardo Rodriguez (@viequesdynamo) August 11, 2017
HADER AS SCARAMUCCI WHAT WHAT WHAT #WeekendUpdate
— Tori Linnea (@toraflora) August 11, 2017
In true Update fashion, Leslie Jones showed up to harass Jost…
— hdl (@MtnMermaid618) August 11, 2017
…while Alex Moffat and Mikey Day returned as Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.
— Kat (@katsterevin) August 11, 2017
Longtime SNL player Kenan Thompson even appeared as Lavar Ball in the wake of constant controversy through the summer.
Keenan's impression of Lavar Ball on #WeekendUpdate has me in tears dogg! 😂😂
— Kurt Johnson II (@KJizHere) August 11, 2017
But most people were just happy Update was finally back.
thank god for weekend update: summer edition AHHHH
— Maddi Cole (@maddicole97) August 11, 2017
How I've missed you!!!!! #WeekendUpdate
— Where's Julee (@wheresjulee) August 11, 2017
I could use #WeekendUpdate every week for this rest of my life
— Cody Teague (@crteague008) August 11, 2017
I GASPED. LITERAL SHOCK #WeekendUpdate
— Emily Ward (@omgitsemilyward) August 11, 2017
Before the long awaited special aired, NBC Nightly News tweeted a video of their behind the scenes look at Update with Jost and Che, who’ve been hosting the sketch since 2014.
SNL's Weekend Update hosts on their jokes: "We find out it's funny when the audience does."
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 10, 2017
According to NBC News, this past season of SNL was the most-watched in nearly 24 years, boasting 26 percent more viewers than the previous year. The spike was likely due to the cast’s hilarious and hyperbolic portrayals of members of President Trump’s administration, from Kellyanne Conway to Sean Spicer to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Weekend Update: Summer Edition returns the next three Thursday, August 17th, 24th and 31st.
The premiere date of the upcoming full season of SNL has not yet been announced, though the show usually returns in late September or early October.