It’s every comedian’s worst nightmare to bomb on stage, but imagine doing it under the bright lights Saturday Night Live. For a few minutes on Saturday, Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost was sweating after several of his jokes were met with a lackluster response from the studio audience.
Weekend Update co-host Michael Che finally let Jost off the hook, revealing that he asked the audience not to laugh at his April Fools’ Day jokes.
“At first I was like, ‘Am I not a microphone?’” Jost said after learning of the prank.
Then Ghost said to his old partner Qi, “You’re evil.” “This is the saddest thing you have ever done to me. I am covered in sweat.” It took Ghost several more moments to regain his composure.”
In a reddit post, an audience member said Che came before the show to ask the audience to take part in his prank. “There was a small section that laughed, and the rest of us kept silent. The crowd erupted laughing for Che, and Jost was like??? It was really funny when it caught on.”
Most April Fools’ jokes don’t fall flat. And this wasn’t one of them.