‘SNL’ recap: Colin Jost jokes about Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’

‘Tis the season for Colin Jost and Michael Cheis annual Saturday Night Live “exchanging jokes” — and this year, Scarlett Johansson was caught in the crossfire.

“New York State now allows movie theaters to serve alcohol, which is how I can finally enjoy my wife’s little feature films,” Jost, 41, said during the “Weekend Update” segment on Saturday , December 16, episode as a photo of Johansson, 39, 2012 The Avengers with her superhero name Black Widow flashed across the screen.

Jost, who has been married to Johansson since 2020, briefly closed his eyes and shook his head before continuing with the joke.

“Just kidding, honey,” he insisted. “I love all your movies. And if you ask me, you’re an even better Black Widow than Coretta Scott King.

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Jost then rested his head in his hands as he sat next to an unimpressed special guest who played a character named Hattie Davis. (Davis was a fictional civil rights activist whom Che, 40, brought in for his part in the joke exchange to disapprove of Yost’s speech.)

Colin Jost Reads Michael Che's 'SNL' Diss About Scarlett Johansson's Movies: 'Just Kidding, Baby'
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Yost and Che have hosted “Weekend Update” since Season 40 in 2014. To welcome the holiday season, they trade jokes live on air — and neither comedian knows what the other has written. Since then, the jokes have become a source of discomfort for Johansson.

“Now I rarely watch [SNL] without feeling like…not overwhelming panic, just like a little overwhelming panic, because I just feel like at any moment something’s going to fall apart,” Johansson said during a July 2021 episode. The Kelly Clarkson Show. “And that’s the excitement of SNL and for all audiences, right? Because it’s absolutely live.”

Johansson added, “But when you’re emotionally invested in it and not just entertained by it, it takes on a little bit of a different life.”

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The actress met Jost when she hosted an episode of SNL before they began dating in 2017. Two years later, Jost proposed before tying the knot in 2020. Jost and Johansson went on to welcome their son Cosmo in August 2021.

Colin Jost Reads Michael Che's 'SNL' Diss About Scarlett Johansson's Movies: 'Just Kidding, Baby'

Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson. Steve Granitz/WireImage

“Colin is an extremely hands-on dad, he’s always making a big fuss about little Cosmo,” a source exclusively said Us Weekly in October 2022. “They cherish their privacy and stay in the Hamptons, where they have a tight-knit support team and a wonderful, laid-back lifestyle that they wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. They are just a very calm, functional couple who have a lot of mutual respect.

Jost is also stepfather to Johansson’s 9-year-old daughter, Rose, whom she shares with her ex-husband Romain Doriac.

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30pm ET.

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