Melissa McCarthy played an enraged women’s basketball coach, but it was a surprise walk-on performance by “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage that stole the show on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
Dinklage came on during “Weekend Update” as an addition to another appearance by “Drunk Uncle,” played by Bobby Moynihan.
The Moynihan character was invited on by anchor Seth Meyers to offer his thoughts (and slurred speech) on the subject of taxes, which are due later this month.
But when Meyers determined that “Drunk Uncle” was too inebriated to continue, it was Peter “Drunklage’s” turn to weigh in.
McCarthy helped “SNL” lampoon last week’s Rutgers basketball scandal, following the release of videotape showing coach Mike Rice abusing his players during practice. In an “SNL” spoof of “Outside the Lines,” the ESPN investigative series that broke the Rice-abuse story, McCarthy played a fictional coach, Sheila Kelly of Middle Delaware State University, whose behavior was much worse than Rice’s.
The Rutgers saga wasn’t the only news story taken up by “SNL” this weekend. For the show’s opening bit, Moynihan played North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un addressing the North Korean people on C-Span.
“SNL” also took aim at “The Voice” in a sketch featuring McCarthy as a contestant on the NBC talent-competition show.