Weekend Update [Oooh … Pun!]

Is Saturday Night Live’s season finale tonight the last for Jimmy Fallon? A few months ago, word on the street was that Jimmy’s leaving. ?

Despite Grambo’s accusations of the no buzz variety, if you haven’t been Tivo’ing the last few episodes, you’ve been missing out. Last week’s Snoop Dogg-hosted episode was excellent, as was the previous one with Lindsay “They’re real and they’re spectacular” Lohan.

Suicide Girls agrees hot, young stars are working best as hosts:

Suicide Girls: Recently, episodes on SNL were really good like Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.

Tina Fey: A lot of these young, pop star hosts have worked out really good for us this year. It?s all these Mousketeer kids because they did this when they were 4. Ben Affleck, he?s like the next Alec Baldwin for us. He?s going to be like ?Great, have him come back whenever he wants.? We?ve had some good shows this year.

Anyway, I know there are a lot of Jimmy haters out there, but Fallon’s been a huge asset to the show. If he’s really leaving, it’ll end one of the best Weekend Update runs in the show’s nearly 30 year history.

Weekend Update hosts through the years:

  • Chevy Chase (1975-76)
  • Jane Curtin (1976-80)
  • Dan Aykroyd (1977-78)
  • Bill Murray (1978-80)
  • *Charles Rocket (1980-81)
  • Gail Matthius (1981)
  • Brian Doyle-Murray (1981-82)
  • Mary Gross (1981-82)
  • Christine Ebersole (1982)
  • Brad Hall (1982-84)
  • Christopher Guest (1984-85)
  • Dennis Miller (1985-91)
  • Kevin Nealon (1991-94)
  • Norm MacDonald (1994-1997)
  • Colin Quinn (1998-2000)
  • Jimmy Fallon & Tina Fey (2000-present)
*Fired for saying “fuck” on-air. This is a great book if you’re interested in such things. Also Jay Mohr’s tell-all looks promising.

Anyway, here’s a funny bit from last week that parodied Jimmy’s guitar sketches.

FEY: Now, with some thoughts on Mother’s Day is our own, Jimmy Fallon.
FALLON: Thanks Tina. Mother’s Day is really special to me and I wrote a few songs to show how special it is.
FEY: Ughhh.. really?! Again?!
FEY: You’re gonna do the song parodies, again?
FALLON: Yea, I haven’t done ‘em all year.
FEY: Yea, but you’ve been doing them for soooo loooong.

Jimmy and Tina also welcomed a special guest (played by Dratch):

FEY: And now it’s time for Weekend Update’s Dirtbag of the Week.
FALLON: She hails from a trailer home in Nashby, West Virginia. After a brief marriage at 19 and a job working at a chicken processing plant, she decided to become a soldier.
FEY: When she’s not busy disgracing her country in ways that will have international repercussions for decades, she enjoys smoking and getting pregnant in military jail. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Weekend Update’s Dirtbag of the Week … Private First Class, Lynndie England. Congratulations Lynndie, here’s your box of Virginia Slims.

Watch the whole Update here, thanks to FallonFey.

Watch tonight — Mary-Kate and Ashley are hosting. And look for UltraOlsen in the audience! Stereogum is jealous. I wanna hear the first Apple Martin joke in person.

UPDATE: Olsens episode sucked. Oh well.