NBC Insider Exclusive

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive show news, updates, and more!

Sign Up For Free to View
NBC Insider Late Night

Colin Jost's "Joke Swap" Baited Michael Che into a Kendrick Lamar Feud

Che also got Jost to tell a joke involving his wife, Scarlett Johansson, during the "Weekend Update" season finale tradition.

By Samantha Vincenty

Since December 2018, Colin Jost and Micheal Che's "Joke Swap" segments have been a "Weekend Update" tradition for Saturday Night Live's holiday episodes and season finales. Host Jake Gyllenhaal's May 18 episode was no exception, as Jost and Che delivered jokes that each had written for the other.

How to Watch

Watch Saturday Night Live Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC and next day on Peacock.  

Jost has previously called the experience "both terrifying and exhilarating," and one has to imagine his apparent apprehension about telling a joke involving his wife, Scarlett Johansson, and her part in the film Her was very real.

Meanwhile, Che found himself taunting rapper Kendrick Lamar, who's largely considered the winner of his recent protracted diss track war with Drake (a feud that was less-directly tackled in a sketch from Dua Lipa's episode). 

RELATED: Colin Jost Talks Doing "Joke Swap" with Michael Che

While the holiday joke swap featured an actress playing a fictional Black activist named Dr. Hattie Davis, Che invited a real-life cultural figure to bear witness this time around, Rabbi Jill Hausman.

Colin Jost and Michael Che during the Weekend Update.

Michael Che risks a Kendrick Lamar beef in Jost's "joke swap"

Che's — or more accurately, Jost's — Kendrick Lamar jab came at the midway point of their swap.

"And speaking of b----es, I want to call up the biggest b---- of all, Kendrick Lamar," Che began, emitting a "no!" and erupting into laughter as he finished reading it. 

RELATED: Watch Jake Gyllenhaal's SNL Monologue & Sketches

"Or should I say, 'littlest,'" Che begrudgingly continued. "Your war with Drake may be over, but your war with Michael Che is just beginning. So to quote Hamilton, shoot your shot, player!"

"That was pretty well done, man," Che admitted to a grinning Jost. "I don't like that one bit."

Watch Colin Jost and Michael Che's season finale Joke Swap above. 

Watch previous Joke Swap segments on "Weekend Update" 

"There's just not a lot of live television in the world anymore," Jost told Bruce Bozzi on his Table for Two podcast in April 2024. "So the idea that you're on live television and you have to say something and you don't know what it is, that's pretty crazy –– and it's not usually gentle."

You can say that again. Watch some of Jost and Che's past Joke Swaps below. 

"Christmas Joke Swap 2023"

Weekend Update: Christmas Joke Swap 2023

"Caitlin Clark on the WNBA Draft"

The Indiana Fever player made Che read jokes live, so we're totally counting it.

Weekend Update: Caitlin Clark on the WNBA Draft

"Colin Jost and Michael Che Swap Jokes for Season 46 Finale"