“Saturday Night Live” star Michael Che didn’t hold back during “Weekend Update,” making a punchline out of his own network during a gag.
“NBC held a town hall event with President Trump, because what can I say? We have a type,” Che said with a shrug as a split-screen appeared over his shoulder, featuring three men who previously appeared on the channel and faced accusations of sexual assault: Bill Cosby of “The Cosby Show,” ousted “Today” anchor Matt Lauer and former star of “The Apprentice,” President Donald Trump.
Cosby is serving a sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand; Lauer has denied an accusation of rape from a former staff member of NBC News, Brooke Nevils; Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual misconduct.
Responding to groans from the audience, Che began to laugh. “I’m starting to think you guys don’t like anything.”
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But he was able to win the audience over with a joke about choosing between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “These choices are so bad that Kanye’s running and people are like, ‘Maybe?’ ” he said to laughs.
Che was also able to get a response with a riff about a stolen 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur, for which he showed a picture of Timothée Chalamet. “Oh, OK,” he said, after observing the joke had landed.
He correctly predicted another bit would not find success, however. “This is a fun one,” he announced sarcastically before delivering it.
“Fisher-Price has launched an online museum showcasing its toys over the past 90 years, or you can see them in person at America’s famous toy museum: the Neverland Ranch,” he said. After hearing the audience’s displeasure at the Michael Jackson joke, Che responded: “I thought you wouldn’t like that.”
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Contributing: The Associated Press