“Saturday Night Live” poked some fun at its own expense during its cold opening as season 48 of the sketch show kicked off on Oct. 1.
Following the mass exodus of some of the show’s most prominent cast members, host Miles Teller and the “SNL” writers did not hold anything back.
Teller, who recently starred in the summer box office hit “Top Gun: Maverick,” portrayed former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, alongside cast member Andrew Dismukes as Eli Manning in the cold opening.
The duo provided commentary for the show’s opening skit, set in Mar-a-Lago, a spoof of the duo’s “Manningcast” on Monday Night Football.
Cast member James Austin Johnson reprised his impression of former president Donald Trump in the open.
“Oh, good. Trump sketch,” Teller says as Peyton Manning. “Way to mix it up!”
The skit made fun of the politically motivated direction the show has taken in past seasons, along with the recent exit of the show’s most beloved cast members.