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‘SNL’ Season 48 Premiere Recap: See the Best Sketches

“Saturday Night Live” returned this weekend for a 48th season, but many of the fan-favorite cast members didn’t. After losing the likes of Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor and more, the long-running comedy show took a self-deprecating approach in its latest episode.

Hosted by “Top Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller with musical guest Kendrick Lamar, Saturday’s telecast spanned sports, politics and entertainment, spoofing everything from the FBI investigation into former President Trump’s Mar-a- Lake until Nicole Kidman’s infamous AMC ad.

“This year I was in a movie called ‘Top Gun: Maverick,'” Teller told the audience in his opening monologue. “One of the things I loved about the movie is that it really seemed to bring people together. I mean, it’s not every day you get a movie that’s loved by both the military community and the gay community.

“It was amazing working with Tom Cruise. … We both pushed ourselves to the absolute limit for this movie. He did his own stunts and I grew a mustache.”

Between sketches and digital shorts, Lamar performed the songs “Rich Spirit”, “N95” other “Daddy Time” from his recently released fifth studio album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”, with a special appearance by Sampha.

Here’s a sampling of other key takeaways from Saturday’s broadcast.

This weekend’s cold opener parodied ESPN’s “Manningcast.” But instead of discussing “Monday Night Football,” co-hosts Peyton (Teller) and Eli Manning (Andrew Dismukes) provided detailed commentary on the first sketch of the night, which visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago during the hurricane. ian

“Oh, well, a Trump sketch,” Teller’s Peyton Manning commented dryly at the top of the show. “Way to mix it up.”

While introducing the series’ new cast members, the cold opener also featured celebrity cameos from Teller’s “Top Gun: Maverick” co-star Jon Hamm (himself a three-time “SNL” host) and snowboarder professional Shaun White.

After Teller’s Peyton Manning called White’s appearance a “free stunt casting,” Hamm responded, “Sometimes they need to bring in a real celebrity when the host isn’t that famous. … When they couldn’t get the star of the big summer movie, their Tom Cruise or their Jon Hamm, they had to get the co-star.”

Pretending to almost break character, Teller replied in his Manning voice, “Well, I hear they rarely put the host out in the cold open, so when they do, it’s special.”

Chloe Fineman channels Kidman for AMC parody

Donning her best sparkly pantsuit, cast member Fineman gave an odd Kidman impression as she parodied the actor’s dramatic promotion for AMC Theatres, which has gained something of a cult following over the last year or so.

“We come to this place for the magic,” Fineman recited in an Australian accent.

“Because we need that…that indescribable feeling we get when the lights start to dim and we go places we’ve never been before. … Somehow, heartbreak feels good in a place like this.”

The game show challenges Adam Levine to send a normal direct message

Mocking Maroon 5 frontman Levine’s recent cheating scandal and actor Armie Hammer’s alleged cannibalistic tendencies, a classic game show skit challenged male celebrities to “send something normal” to women on Instagram to have a chance to win $100 million.

“The game is very simple,” Teller’s game show host explained to the audience and contestants: Levine (Mikey Day), Hammer (James Austin Johnson), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Kenan Thompson), and Bowen Yang (playing itself).

“All they have to do is respond to a woman’s DM on Instagram in a normal way.”

Is it BeReal time…even during a bank robbery?

Social media’s hottest new platform, BeReal, became official on “SNL” this weekend during a digital short in which bank customers persuade bank robbers to download the popular photo-sharing app .

“It’s amazing,” says a hostage played by Yang. “It is this application that exploded during the summer. It’s the only honest social network.”

“Do you think I’m an idiot?” barks a bank robber played by Teller. “Honest social networks do not exist.”

‘Weekend Update’ Catches Up With Mitch McConnell and Herschel Walker

Ahead of the midterm elections, “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che reached out to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Johnson) and soccer player-turned-Senate candidate of Georgia, Herschel Walker (Thompson).

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