Weekend Update 11-21-15, Part 1 of 2
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In this send-up of "Jeopardy," the twist is "Black Jeopardy," hosted by "Alex Treblack" (played by Kenan Thompson, who was also one of the writers of the sketch). Louis C.K. plays the only white guy on the show and is clearly out of his element. He's "Mark," an African American studies professor who immediately realizes his mistake when instead of history, the category choices include "It's Been a Minute," "That Girl," and "Psssh!" At one point, the professor jumps in to take the clue "It's been a minute since he got a job." His guess: "Who is unemployed fellow? Black?" He's met with scandalous looks from the other contestants, played by Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata. "Wrong answer," he says. The skit inspired lots of comments on the Web. Viewer Steven Melton (@meltonstvn) raved on Twitter, "The 'Black Jeopardy' skit on this weeks SNL was gold." Former "Saturday Night Live" head writer Seth Myers (@SethMeyers) tweeted, "'Black Jeopardy' is just a wonderful piece of sketch writing." The Wrap praised the sketch as "brilliantly irreverent." Slate called out the moment as one of the highlights of the show's "absurdist and sometimes awkward sketches." Self-mocking, odd, cringe-worthy: For Louis C.K. fans, that's a recipe for success. This skit comes after "Saturday Night Live" faced criticism for its lack of cast diversity. Thompson stirred debate when he told TV Guide last year that the problem was finding qualified black female comedians. "Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready," he said. Following the backlash, the show hired Zamata along with two African-American writers. --Claudine Zap (@zapkidd)
Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, including Jeb Bush saying he'd send troops to Syria and Bobby Jindal ending his presidential campaign. Colin and Michael discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and Newcaster of Tomorrow Laura Parsons (Vanessa Bayer) stops by.
There's only one thing that can keep a family (Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Matthew McConaughey, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer) from fighting at Thanksgiving: Adele.
Contestants Connie (Aidy Bryant), Ned (Matthew McConaughey) and Tristan (Kyle Mooney) consider whether to weigh in on delicate topics on Should You Chime In on This?
Colin Jost and Michael Che discuss America's hesitance about admitting Syrian refugees.
Child actress Laura Parsons (Vanessa Bayer) reads the headlines, most of which she doesn't really understand.