The latest episode of “Saturday Night Live” covered some of the most controversial moments that transpired over the last week, including Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ COVID-19 infection. 

The episode was hosted by actor Kieran Culkin and featured musical guest Ed Sheeran.

Aside from the current events, the “Weekend Update” touched on some more COVID-19 news, and the host appeared in a hilarious weather report.

Here are some of the notable sketches from the fifth episode of “SNL” Season 47.

Cold Open

The first sketch of the iconic NBC comedy show featured a parody interview and a new Donald Trump. The night began with Cecily Strong portraying Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro as she interviewed Rodgers, played by Pete Davidson.

Earlier this week, Rodgers revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 and was unvaccinated. “Our first guest is an American brave enough to stand and up say, ‘Screw you, science, I know Joe Rogan!’” Strong said as she introduce Davidson’s Rodgers.

Similar to the real Rodgers, Davidson said he was being attacked by the “woke mob” but insisted he informed his teammates about his unvaccinated status. 

“I never lied,” Davidson said. “I took all my teammates into a huddle, got all their faces three inches away from my wet mouth, and told them, ‘Trust me, I’m more or less immunized. Go, team!’”

The cold open also touched on the win of Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, played by Alex Moffat. Youngkin, who was endorsed by Trump in reality, tried to distance himself from the former president in the skit.

Trump, who was portrayed by new cast member James Austin Johnson, was placed on a split-screen with Moffat and attempted to take credit for the win. “I just wanted to congratulate Glenn Youngkin, and mostly myself, on a tremendous victory in Virginia,” Johnson said.

Moffat then asked to be taken off the split-screen. Trump later went off on a tangent about various topics, including Chris Pratt’s casting as Mario, “Star Wars” and Marvel’s “Eternals.”

Weekend Update

The “SNL” fake news segment had a visit from Ice Cube, played by Kenan Thompson, who left the Sony comedy “Oh Hell No” after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thompson told co-anchor Michael Che that he wasn’t interested in conforming and getting the vaccine like the rest of society. “Hey look, man. I’d just rather be myself than take that vaccine, like you other three billion bozos,” Thompson said.

When Che pointed out Ice Cube lost out on making the movie, the actor insisted the world was being cheated from not being able to see his work.

“Not my loss, your loss.’ Oh Hell No’ was going to feature the greatest comedy duo of all time: Ice Cube, Jack Black,” Thompson said. 

“The comedy chemistry, man. You know what I’m saying? Try to guess my catchphrase though.”

Ice Cube went on to reveal he had other projects in the works that would not be seen because of the vaccine mandates.

“The point is, this mandate is costing the world my art. I had a bunch of other projects packed in the pipe. Check it out, bozo,” he said.

“If you like ‘Barbershop 3: The Next Cut,’ you would’ve loved the sequel, ‘Barbershop 4: Just A Little Off the Sides.’ But now we can’t make it.”


Culkin took on the role of a weatherman while mocking a Rhode Island newscast to report on a huge nor’easter.

“I’m Turkey Tom,” Culkin says. The actor revealed he was dressed in a turkey suit “because today was the first day that the thermometer dropped below 40.”

Culkin then broke into a rap to celebrate the changing of the seasons only to be shocked when a voice announced the oncoming storm. “Life-threatening winds and flooding expected,” a computerized voice said. “May God have mercy on your souls.”

Culkin admitted he dropped the ball on researching for his weather report. “I was working on the rap all last night. The costume, the lyrics, that kind of thing,” he explained.

As conditions continued to worsen and the other new anchors express their concern about the weather, Culkin apologized for missing the nor’easter. However, he chose to hang on to his costume in case anyone wanted to hear the rest of his rap after the storm.

Actor Jonathan Majors will host the next episode of “Saturday Night Live,” with Taylor Swift as the musical guest.

Saturday Night Live Pictured: Pete Davidson as Aaron Rodgers during the Cold Open on “Saturday Night Live.” Photo: Will Heath/NBC