“Saturday Night Live” season 44 finale

Alexis Peck, News Editor

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By: Alexis Peck, News editor

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Saturday Night Lights: The current “SNL” cast, shown in the picture, work all week to create the perfect show. By Wednesday the writers and cast have created about 33 scripts to read aloud and cut sketches. “It amazes me how this show is processed. Only 2 days to rehearse? These people are very good at their intense job,” said Delanie Grider, junior.

“Saturday Night Live,” “SNL,” is a comedy sketch show produced by NBC and Lorne Michaels on at 11:30 P.M.. The show just ended its 44th season with Paul Rudd hosting and DJ Khalid and company as the musical guest. The show began with the Cold Open with Alec Baldwin as Trump and other cast members singing “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Rudd gave his monologue on how he and “SNL” have grown together, they performed a “Close Encounter” sketch sequel, “A Journey Through Time” with Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Rudd, then the “What’s Wrong with This Picture?” skit with cast members: Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson and Pete Davidson. The “Weekend Update,” hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, discussed the abortion in Alabama with castmate Leslie Jones joining them to give her opinion and switching jokes, and Strong impersonating Jeanine Pirro about her suspension from Fox News. They then finished off the season with Khalid playing again and with a low comedy sketch about farts, “Music Box,” and a skit of a girls slumber party gone wrong and wrong again, “Ouija.” The cast and guests sent off the season with a final goodbye at the end of the show with everyone hugging and congratulating each other.

Usually months before the final episode, the audiences know who is most likely to not return for the following season. When Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Will Ferrell left, “SNL” gave them each a memorable send-off. The most recent send off, at the end of Season 42,  was of Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan and Sasheer Zamata. The cast and crew carried them off the stage in chairs after the show and it was not broadcasted.  Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson are valuable to “SNL” but are also the longest running cast members. This season, nobody was officially sent off but this leaves the audience wondering how much longer McKinnon and Thompson have left on the show.