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Antics Roadshow: 'Weekend Update' Brings SNL to RNC

by Nisha Chittal /  / Updated 

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Live from Cleveland, it’s Wednesday night!

"Saturday Night Live" comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che hosted a special edition of "Weekend Update," the show's popular parody news broadcast, live from the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Che and Jost panned Ted Cruz’s speech earlier in the evening, in which he had talked about party unity but failed to endorse Trump, and ended by telling the crowd to "vote your conscience" and getting booed off stage by the audience of Trump supporters.

"It’s like giving a desperate toast at your ex’s wedding. Move on with your life!" Che riffed.

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The comedians also roasted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose Tuesday night convention speech featured a call-and-response pattern where the former prosecutor repeatedly asked the audience whether presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was guilty or innocent of various "charges" — with the crowd repeatedly shouting “Guilty!”

Referencing the plagiarism scandal surrounding Melania Trump’s convention speech, Jost joked that Christie had plagiarized parts of his speech from the "Salem Witch Trials."

The mini-show also featured a taped piece called “Trumpemon Go,” which poked fun at Pokemon Go — the mobile game that has recently taken the nation by storm — while also pointing out the RNC attendees' lack of diversity.

In the segment, Che said that he was playing a game in which he was trying to catch “the rarest creature of them all: minorities at the RNC."

Last but certainly not least, the segment ended with an appearance by Kate McKinnon playing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Asked her thoughts about Christie as a potential future Supreme Court Justice, she joked: “Christie on the Supreme Court? Please, I’d rather have an empty chair than a broken chair!”

Next week, Jost and Che will also host another special edition of “Weekend Update” from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Catch it on MSNBC next Wednesday, July 27 at midnight ET.

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