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SNL gets its shot at Scaramucci in summer ‘Weekend Update’ debut

This August 10, 2017, photo provided by NBC shows Alex Moffat as Eric Trump, left, Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr., center, and Colin Jost on set during the debut episode of "Weekend Update: Summer Edition," in New York. The "Saturday Night Live" spinoff runs through the end of the month. (Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via AP)

Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Associated Press

Alex Moffat as Eric Trump, left, Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr., center, and Colin Jost on set during the debut episode of "Weekend Update: Summer Edition," in New York.

The summer edition of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update launched Thursday night, giving SNL cast members a much-anticipated platform to address everything they’ve missed since the season finale in May.

They even got their shot at an Anthony Scaramucci impersonation, with former cast member Bill Hader playing the animated former communications director.

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The episode started with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che giving updates from the White House, namely the coming and going of White House staffers.

“Well, it’s been a crazy year these past few weeks,” Jost began.

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Reince Priebus is out. Sean Spicer is out. Anthony Scaramucci is out.

So much great potential for comedy, Jost admitted. He can’t believe the SNL cast missed a chance to portray Scaramucci while he was still in the White House.

“He was like Christmas in July. Actually, he was like Hanukkah in July because he was around for about a week, and it’s a miracle he lasted that long.”

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Later in the episode, Hader debuted his parody of Scaramucci, interrupting one of Che's monologues in classic Mooch fashion.

“When I hear my name three times, I appear like a Goomba Beetlejuice,” he said.

Hader's Scaramucci loses no time before clarifying that his interview with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza was off the record.

“But I guess people didn’t like it when I said that . . .” Well, it gets a bit sexually explicit from there.

And it wouldn’t be an interview with Scaramucci without an analogy. He compares himself to “human cocaine” that has hooked the American public.

“I was out of your system too quick,” he said. “And now that I’m gone, you’re all depressed and edgy and you’re trying to figure out how to score some more Scaramooch.”

Members of the Trump family weren’t spared, though. Eric Trump, played by Alex Moffatt, and Donald Trump Jr., played by Mikey Day, discussed the accomplishments of their summer, such as the much-discussed meeting with Russian officials.

Complete with hand gestures and Eric Trump interjections, the conversation quickly turned to Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting — when Eric brought it up that is.

“The whole story is a nothingburger,” Day said, leaning into the camera.

“Yes, I went to the meeting, but nothing illegal happened,” he said. “It’s like, ‘To Catch a Predator.”

And as far as the rumors that President Trump helped his son draft his statement in response?

“Look, all my father did was give me some advice. He said, ‘Son, go out there and tell the truth,’” Day said.

“And then he winked!” Moffatt's Eric jumped in.

The interjection gets him a fidget spinner from his brother, though he’s not quite sure how to use it.

And when he does, he’s . . . quite amused.

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.
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