The sketch even saw SNL poke fun of itself: with eight cast members out, the NBC sketch series is looking very different heading into its 48th year. “The show is in a rebuilding year for sure — let’s take a look at the stats so far,” Miles’ Peyton explained, breaking down the episode (which was only minutes in) thus far. “14 attempted jokes, 1 mild laugh and 3 chuckles…thank god they got Kendrick Lamar because that’s the only reason anyone’s tuning in!” he joked, referencing the night’s musical guest.
“Joining us now is a three time host of SNL…which is what now seems like a golden era — Jon Hamm,” Miles’ Peyton announced as Jon appeared in front of a brick wall. “Jon, what have you seen tonight?”
Jon seemed less than impressed with the episode thus far. “I don’t know, but it’s not comedy. They haven’t even used Kenan [Thompson] yet. It’s like putting a whole team of Eli’s on the field and you’ve got Peyton on the sidelines…no offense Eli,” he explained, before name dropping some of the new comers this season (who appeared in some rather embarrassing situations).
Chloe Fineman then introduced the “Special Master from the Classified Documents Investigation” as Shaun White popped into the Oval Office next to Trump. Holding a briefcase, he declared the documents in question “were all off.” Miles’ Peyton seemed less than impressed with Shaun’s appearance, calling it “gratuitous stunt casting.”
Off screen, Shaun and Miles have become close friends thanks to Shaun’s girlfriend Nina Dobrev. Nina, 32, and Shaun, 36, have been spotted on double dates with Miles and his wife Keleigh Sperry. The Vampire Diaries actress also attended Miles and Keleigh’s 2019 wedding in Hawaii before she struck up a quarantine romance with Shaun.