There was only one guest on this week’s “Weekend Update,” but it was a great one. Initially brought on to talk about how people can best go about scoring tickets for Saturday Night Live, Sarah Sherman’s 18-year-old CJ Rossitano quickly started getting into something far sillier.
Sherman presented CJ as a doe-eyed, earnest young man, similar to former cast member Vanessa Bayer’s gender-swapped Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. But instead of the joke being centered around the kid’s awkwardness, it’s instead based on the not-so-subtle implications that CJ is actually Colin Jost’s son. CJ is dressed and styled exactly like Jost, and he solemnly declared that he’s “never met” his dad, before looking over longingly to him. Cue Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”—the quintessential song for tragic father-son relationships.
Although an uncomfortable, blushing Jost tried to play it cool, the evidence against him quickly grew insurmountable. CJ was born in the same neighborhood Jost’s former housekeeper lives and his mom refers to his mysterious dad as “El Diablo de Los Hamptons.” Much like those famous joke swaps between Jost and Che, it seems clear that these lines of Jost were written for him, not by him.