The season 48 premiere of Saturday Night Live marks the first episode following one of the most significant cast shake-ups in SNL history. Eight members of last season’s cast have left the show. The most recent cast, on the other hand, used it to troll them.
Season 48 of Saturday Night Live began with Miles Teller and Andrew Dismukes in a “ManningCast” sketch. They analyzed the show in a lighthearted manner, from what the cast is doing right and wrong in their jokes to the many departures. Jon Hamm and Shaun White both made appearances in the premiere.
Throughout the opening bit, Teller as former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and Dismukes as brother Eli Manning discussed some of the most recent news while SNL was off. News such as the raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the death of Queen Elizabeth II, how her corgis are probably happy not to be going to Prince Andrew, and more. “There were a lot of changes at the show, which could be exciting. Let’s see what they spent the entire summer coming up with,” Teller says.
“We’ve got an establishing shot of Mar-a-Lago,” Dismukes replies. “Oh, good. Trump skit. Way to mix it up,” Teller quips. Their back-and-forth leads to a skit in which James Austin Johnson’s Trump is advised not to hide during a hurricane, with Heidi Gardner impersonating South Dakota’s governor. “A political impression nobody asked for,” Teller says.
“What about a fun impression, like Anthony Fauci? or Lindsey Graham? Or Rudy Giuliani?” To which Dismukes responds, “Those were all Kate McKinnon,” poking fun at one of the many cast exits SNL faced at the end of season 47. After breaking down the cold open’s stats, Teller pointed out that it’s going to be a year of change for the sketch comedy series, before introducing Hamm, his Top Gun: Maverick co-star and three-time SNL host.
When asked about the cold open, Hamm said he doesn’t know what he’s been seeing, but “it’s not comedy.”
They haven’t even used Kenan [Thompson] yet. That’s like putting a whole team of Elis on the field when you’ve got Peyton sitting on the sidelines.
Lorne Michaels stated that SNL season 48 will be a “transition year” as the industry returns to normalcy. Let’s see how it goes. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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