Watch: This week’s jail cell cold open on “SNL”

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This week’s “Saturday Night Live” tackled the series of high-profile arrests that have been in the news in recent weeks.

Emma Stone hosted the show this week, but it was actor Michael Keaton who, in a surprise appearance, starred in this week’s cold open skit.

The segment began with a newly arrested character played by Chris Redd joining fellow inmates Kenan Thompson and Kyle Mooney in a cell. The three quickly began comparing crimes in an attempt to find out who among them was the craziest.


Thompson’s character believed he had topped the other prisoners’ armed robbery and assault charges with his tale of murdering his neighbor, when another voice chimed in.

“You think that’s insane?” Kate McKinnon said, in the role of Lori Loughlin. “I paid 500 grand to get my daughter into USC,”

McKinnon’s version of the actress, who recently appeared in Boston’s federal courthouse after she was charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, had the inmates convinced she was the toughest criminal in the room when Pete Davidson as attorney Michael Avenatti appeared. He’s done crimes they can’t even conceive of, he said.

“I’m so shady that a porn star once said that she needed to distance herself from me,” Davidson’s Avenatti bragged.

But Avenatti admitted defeat when, once again, an even more famous detainee walked into the scene.

Keaton entered as Julian Assange, “the architect of anarchy, the king of chaos, and the scourge of the cleaning staff at the Ecuadorian Embassy,” as he proclaimed himself.

“I hope you’re proud of every single photo in your iCloud library, because — boom — all your dingdong pics just went on the internet,” Keaton’s Assange said after Mooney’s character challenges him.


Assange was mentioned again in the “Weekend Update,” when hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost spoke about President Trump’s recent remarks about WikiLeaks.

The duo then launched into a discussion of Trump’s recent comments about releasing detained immigrants into sanctuary cities to send a message to Democrats.

“What’s the message? Have some more voters?” Che said.

Watch: The “Weekend Update” on sanctuary cities

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Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.