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10 Things You Didn’t Know About SNL’s “Weekend Update”

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The Ohio Union Activities Board is welcoming Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” duo Michael Che and Colin Jost this Thursday. The new hosts took over the SNL featured segment in 2014. Here are 10 fun facts about SNL’s iconic “Weekend Update.”

  1. “Weekend Update” is the longest-running recurring sketch and began during the first ever episode of SNL.

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  1. In total, there have been 32 anchors in “Weekend Update” history.

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  1. In an article for The New Yorker, Tina Fey wrote about a discovery she made in the Weekend Update office: some of her male colleagues kept and used a pee jar.

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  1. It wasn’t always the “Weekend Update”. The famous segment also went by the names of “Saturday Night NewsLine”, “SNL Newsbreak” and “Saturday Night News”.

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  1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were “Weekend Update’s” first female duo to share the anchor desk.

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  1. “Weekend Update” was created by SNL writer Herb Sargent and first anchor Chevy Chase in 1975.

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  1. Seth Meyers, former SNL head writer, is the longest-running anchor of “Weekend Update”. He hosted the show for over 8 seasons. Tina Fey and Dennis Miller share second place with six seasons each.

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  1. A “Weekend Update” fan favorite is the New York City correspondent and nightlife expert Stefon. Bill Hader has played Stefon since fall of 2008 and is known for trying not to break character and laugh during the bit. Creator John Mulaney explained on the show “Comedy Bang Bang” that the reason Hader can never keep it together is because Mulaney will frequently switch the cue cards before the live broadcast so Hader has no idea what he is about to say. This routine has now become a challenge where Mulaney tries to see how much he can do to get Hader laughing.

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  1. In 2000, the comedian Jeff Ross was a contender for “Weekend Update” anchor after Colin Quinn left the show. The position went to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon instead.

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  1. In 2003 a “Weekend Update Halftime Special”, featuring anchors Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, aired during the Super Bowl .

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Tickets for the show are sold out, but not all hope is lost. Come to the standby line this Thursday, and we can most likely still find you a seat (just bring your BuckID).

When: Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union

See you there!

 

Written by: Elizabeth Tzagournis

Committee: Comedy

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Author: OUAB

The mission of the Ohio Union Activities Board as the student programming organization at The Ohio State University is to provide diverse programs and events that are educational, entertaining, and thought provoking for the students of the Columbus campus.

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