Was the Cast of SNL Drunk After Biden's Victory? Viewers Think So

Viewers were convinced that Michael Che and other cast members of Saturday Night Live were drunk on air during the first episode after the 2020 election.

The episode's 'Weekend Update" segment began with Colin Jost sharing clips of people celebrating President Donald Trump's defeat by President-elect Joe Biden around the U.S. and abroad.

And it appeared that some SNL cast members were joining in on the celebrations, with Che enjoying what appeared to be whiskey during the segment.

"Trump has reportedly said to allies that he will have to be dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming… Good!" Che said, before shrugging and taking a sip of his drink.

Che then reflected on his feelings after Biden's win, saying everything he was worried or mad about "sort of faded away."

He continued: "The problems are still there, but remember that Shawshank scene when the dudes are drinking beer on the roof? They were still in prison, but for one day everything just felt OK. That's how I feel now!"

Moments later, Che ripped off his tie and said to Jost: "Hey Colin, did you know my tie is a clip-on?"

"I've been wanting to say that all year," he added, as Jost burst out laughing.

The segment, as well as other instances of cast members breaking character and host Dave Chappelle smoking a cigarette during his opening monologue, prompted many takes on Twitter, where Che's name was trending early Sunday morning.

Michael Che just straight-up drinking during the Weekend Update, everyone breaking - the entire SNL cast is loopy with joy tonight.

— 🍁 Alisha Grauso 🍂 (@AlishaGrauso) November 8, 2020

Michael Che was powered by Henny in that entire sketch 🤣 #SNL

— Jeff (@JeffJSays) November 8, 2020

Michael Che is a mood tonight

— Are We There Yet? (@JubileeDJ) November 8, 2020

Whole SNL cast performing like they staggered into work after railing Moët at Washington Square Park today, good for them

— Frazier Tharpe II (@The_SummerMan) November 8, 2020

Alisha Grauso said that Che and other cast members were "loopy with joy" at Trump's defeat.

"Michael Che just straight-up drinking during the Weekend Update, everyone breaking - the entire SNL cast is loopy with joy tonight," Grauso wrote. "The sketches haven't even been that solid, it's just the pure giddy relief that's vibing through the screen I love."

Frazier Tharpe added: "Whole SNL cast performing like they staggered into work after railing Moët at Washington Square Park today, good for them."

Another person added: "SNL is wild tonight lmaooo, Dave Chapelle was just smoking a cig onstage, Michael Che is drunk, they do not give a F**K."

"Michael Che was powered by Henny in that entire sketch," another person joked.

Bless you AND your clip on, Michael Che

— Cameron Coats (@CamCoRadio) November 8, 2020

Michael Che is drinking and Kate McKinnon can't keep it together. It's like we're guests at an snl party tonight. The earth is just a little bit lighter and life a little bit better today.

— Rebecca Starovich (@RStarovich) November 8, 2020

Another added: "Michael Che is a mood tonight."

"Amazing Weekend Update. Couldn't tell if Michael Che was s**thoused or not. Leaning yes," Mark Ortega wrote.

"Bless you AND your clip on, Michael Che," Cameron Coats added.

"Michael Che is drinking and Kate McKinnon can't keep it together," Rebecca Starovich tweeted. "It's like we're guests at an snl party tonight. The earth is just a little bit lighter and life a little bit better today."

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Michael Che enjoyed a drink during the "Weekend Update" segment on Saturday Night Live. NBC/Saturday Night Live