Weekend Update: Serena Williams: Season 44 Episode 1


…..Colin Jost

…..Michael Che

Serena Williams…..Leslie Jones

…..Leslie Jones

[ Colin is sitting at newsroom desk with Michael. ]

COLIN JOST: Well according to a new study of cheetahs in the wild…

[ A female voice is heard interrupting Colin. ]

Serena: You owe me an apology! [ Serena, in a tennis outfit with a tutu, walks in front of the newsroom desk where Colin and Michael are seated. She is carrying a tennis racket. ]


Serena: You owe me an apology! I am not a cheater. I have never cheated in my entire life.

COLIN JOST: Wait, Leslie. I told you we’re not going to do the Serena Williams bit.

Serena: You are a liar and a thief! Say you’re sorry! You will never work at the news desk again!

COLIN JOST: Leslie, the story is three weeks old.

Serena: You will not take this from me!

[ Leslie breaks character from Serena and is now speaking as herself. ]

LESLIE JONES: Look Colin, I spent all summer getting my body in Serena shape so I’m going to play Serena on TV. Look at me. Look at me. [ Leslie does a twirl to show off her body. ] Yah, ha ha! I need that! Yas, yah! Okay, okay. Back to Serena.

[ Leslie gets back into character and continues as if she was Serena. ]

Serena: I want an apology!

COLIN JOST: Leslie, I’m not the…

Serena: Then don’t talk to me! Don’t talk to me.

COLIN JOST: Serena Williams everybody.

Serena: This moment is for Naomi Osaka. [ Leslie walks off the stage. ]


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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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