One of the things we were waiting to see on the season 39 premiere of Saturday Night Live was how well Cecily Strong would do at the Weekend Update desk along side Seth Meyers. As was announced in the weeks leading up to the premiere, SNL announced that Strong would be doing the Weekend Update next to long time host Seth Meyers with the intention that she will be taking over when Meyers leaves to host his new Late Night show on NBC.
Strong had — well a strong opening night on Weekend Update. She took time to work in her first non-news sketch on the Update which gave a hilarious shout out to the female anchors the preceded her. They payoff to the gag was that she thanked every host except Tina Fey who she held off until last.
Of course, what would Weekend Update be without a Drunk Uncle appearance, as Bobby Moynihan reprised the character to talk about going back to school. Highlights included Drunk Uncle talking about how different it was going to school when he was a kid, when you had to live at school and never left, compared to now when children are served gourmet food in the cafeteria while they twerk.
Again we had an Aaron Paul cameo as the Breaking Bad star played Drunk Uncle’s nephew named Meth.
It won’t be until this February that Seth Meyers leaves to take Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show gig when the former SNL star takes Jay Leno’s legendary seat. But already the future for Weekend Update looks very bright with Strong lined up to take the throne. She started off in stride and that looks to be something that continues until she’s handed the job of solo host in a few months.