Weekend Update, Saturday Night Live's longest running skit, is only as good as the anchors who star in it. The current-events skit, which pokes fun at the week's news and ruthlessly satirizes politicians and public figures, has been a staple of SNL since the show first aired in 1975. This fall, Saturday's Weekend Update is joined for the second year in a row by SNL Weekend Update Thursday, a weekday version of the faux news show hosted by SNL's Seth Meyers. Since the anchors are an essential part of Weekend Update's success, we decided to look back at the show's most talented anchors throughout the years. These are the ones that we liked best:
6. Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon (2000-2004)Great Moment: Tina and Jimmy's Weekend Update Screen Test
Tina and Jimmy, with their matching navy suits and similarly conservative haircuts, have unrivaled chemistry as co-anchors of Weekend Update. Check out their screen test for the segment -- the moment when the magic began.
5. Dennis Miller (1985-1991)Great Moment: Born Again
Dennis Miller's dry-wit and perfect timing on Weekend Update set the tone for his post-SNL career as a professional political satirist. His 1990s mullet is pretty sweet too.
4. Norm MacDonald (1994-1997)Norm MacDonald Fanclub
Norm MacDonald's delivery is pitch-perfect, and he has a fanclub to prove it. His steady reading of the news references the comedy of classic Update anchors like Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd.
3. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler (2004-present)Great Moment: Palin Rap
The Palin Rap is, without a doubt, the highlight of Seth and Amy's reign as anchors of Weekend Update. No politician has (ever?) been so completely (and willingly) satirized as Sarah Palin was during this episode.
2. Chevy Chase (1975-1976)Great Moment: Beware the Blow Fish Terrorists
Chevy Chase, the founding anchor of Weekend Update, single-handedly ushered in a new era for television reporting -- faux-newscasts. (Added bonus: He was hot!)
1. Dan Aykroyd (1977-1978) and Jane Curtin (1976-1980)Great Moment: "Jane, you ignorant slut."
In the booming, authoritative voice of a 1950s news anchor, Dan Aykroyd doesn't spare any blows when going after co-host Jane Curtin. Though they were partners for just a short time, Dan and Jane laughed in the face of "political correctness."