It's difficult to find humor in the multitude of sexual assault allegations that have been lobbed at (slash resurfaced against)Bill Cosby this week, but Saturday Night Live managed to get a laugh out of it.
"Hey, Bill Cosby, pull your damn pants up," co-host Michael Che said during Saturday's "Weekend Update," adding later: "I've always wanted to say that."
The line is a reference to Cosby's oft-repeated admonishment that black men should dress and speak a certain way if they want to get further in life.
Che went on to discuss his conflicted feelings about TV Land's decision to pull reruns of The Cosby Show, saying "Dr. Huxtable practically raised me." He also noted that, while it's "not the same thing," he's able to look past Michael Richards' racist tirade and still enjoy reruns of Seinfeld.
Watch the segment below:
The bit was a rare bright spot in an otherwise tepid episode. It was clear from host Cameron Diaz's brief, seemingly thrown-together-at-the-last-minute monologue that we were in for a long night. And sure enough, SNL's Thanksgiving episode was full of turkeys, including a political cold open that fell flat, Beck Bennett's resurrection of his hit-or-miss "boss with the body of a baby," and Vanessa Bayer bringing back her one-note awkward poetry teacher character.
But we did get to see the ladies (and Diaz) come together for another rap, which was far and away the best segment of the night. Check out highlights below:
Back Home Ballers: An entire show of musical performances by these ladies would be preferable to Saturday''s lineup. Check out Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Sasheer Zamata, Cecily Strong, Bayer, Diaz and "Lil' Baby" Aidy Bryant rapping about living the good life while spending the holidays at home.
New Annie: As a tease for the upcoming Annie movie, featuring Quvenzhané Wallis as the title orphan, Diaz as Miss Hannigan, and Jamie Foxx as a new Daddy Warbucks-type character, this sketch has Jay Pharoah doing his best Foxx impression. Though it's mostly a misfire, Thompson singing "Black Annie" at the end is worth a look.
Nest-spresso: Kudos to Bayer, for elevating this pre-taped commercial for a new machine that turns an egg into a chick almost instantly. She's not sure how it works.
Saturday Night Live returns Dec. 6 with host James Franco and musical guest Nicki Minaj. What did you think of this week's episode?