This Saturday saw a new Weekend Update team join forces as Colin Jost and Cecily Strong took over for the former tandem of Strong and new Late Night host Seth Meyers. But while there were new faces at the Update desk, some familiar characters dropped by to help make the transition smooth.
Two characters that showed up were Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, played by Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah. The tandem of Thompson and Pharoah have managed to nail the sports references on SNL and their characters are spot on impressions and characterizations of some of our favorite sports commentators on television.
Specifically, Pharoah’s cross-eyed impression of Shaq is one of the funniest characters he plays and he brought it hard on Saturday for his latest appearance as Shaq. While he didn’t say much, Pharoah still managed to throw the usually stable Thompson off his game and force him to crack up.
It was a hilarious moment and it reminded us of why we love the dup so much. They weren’t out there long, but having them back was a fun time and it already has us looking forward to their next appearance at the Update desk.