Tonight, Saturday Night Live is pre-empted for NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from South Korea, which means no one is hosting SNL this evening. That means no SNL, live, repeat or otherwise, for the third straight weekend in February. This is bad news for comedy fans and good news for winter sports fans. Unless of course, a figure skating couple slips on the ice, then both kind of fans will be more than satisfied.
It’s the last weekend of the Winter Games, so there’s plenty of Gold Medal action in PyeongChang to watch instead of SNL tonight on NBC, including the finals of Men’s Hockey, which is going to be a huge ratings grabber. Can Team Canada bring home a third straight Gold Medal? The Canadians are a strong favorite to do so. Also, there’s Gold Medal events in Bobsledding featuring the USA’s top pilot Codie Bascue facing strong competition from Germany and Latvia, plus the Cross-Country Women’s 30km event where entrants from Sweden and Norway are expected to take all the medals. There will also be coverage of the Figure Skating Gala. Their costumes on the ice are extravagant, so we can’t wait to see what the figure skaters consider dressing up for a formal party. Speaking of which, we can only imagine what NBC Sports’ Johnny Weir will design to wear to the gala. We suspect that his ensemble will be described as Olympic Games meets Hunger Games.
During the Winter Olympics, SNL has also released some clips from older episodes that have a Winter Olympic Games theme.. In the clip below, Saturday Night Live parodies the 1992 Winter Olympic coverage in the cold open (pun intended), with host Jason Priestley as a figure skater who has a disastrous program with commentators Phil Hartman as CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist and Dana Carvey as former Olympic skater Scott Hamilton, calling the action. This looks almost like a predecessor to an SNL Digital Short with filmed footage of Priestley on the ice interspersed with live studio dialogue from Hartman and Carvey. Some of the biggest laughs in this slapstick open also include the audience eating up Dana Carvey’s makeup featuring an extra high hairline to play Scott Hamilton along with the high-pitched effeminate voice Dana uses to portray the Gold Medalist.
If you can hold out this one last Saturday in February without any Saturday Night Live, March will come in like an SNL lion with 3 weeks of brand new, live shows across all time zones. SNL‘s March schedule starts next Saturday, March 3rd with Charles Barkley returning to host for a fourth time. That’s followed by Sterling K. Brown hosting on Saturday, March 10th and then, SNL alumni favorite Bill Hader coming back to the show to host on Saturday, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.
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