Saturday Night Live’s Matt Damon + Leslie Jones Debate Weezer’s Legacy in Sketch
Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson may have been the music guests on Saturday Night Live last night, but they weren't the only musicians garnering attention during the broadcast. That's because SNL dedicated a full sketch to debating Weezer's legacy.
The sketch starts off innocently enough with new neighbors Leslie Jones and Keenan Thompson being invited to dinner with two couples - Beck Bennett and Heidi Gardner and Matt Damon and Cecily Strong. Dinner seems to be going great until Weezer's version of Toto's "Africa" comes up in the shuffle playlist.
"Weezer, I didn't even know they were still a band?," says Bennett after Damon identifies the song. "Where have you been Rick, they just set a release date for the freakin' Black Album," adds Damon, which catches Jones' attention, ready to spark a debate.
"I'm just a little confused because real Weezer fans know that they haven't had a good album since Pinkerton in 96," claims Jones, with Cecily Strong's character nervously asking, "What's happening right now?"
It seems that Damon is a "ride or die" Weezer fan and the debate escalates with the rest of the dinner party incredulously watching on. "Is this something people care about?" asks Gardner, with Keenan Thompson, having already attempted to calm his wife stating, "No, no it isn't."
Watch as Damon and Jones go at it, with Damon offering, "'Pork and Beans' is better than 'Buddy Holly,'" and later causing Jones to shatter her champagne glass by telling her, "You just don't understand what Rivers is going through."
"Bitch, Rivers don't understand what Rivers is going through," Jones retorts, and things almost turn physical when Jones offers, "Weezer died when Matt Sharp left" and Damon counters, "Weezer didn't start until Scott Shriner got there."
Strong hilariously tries to steer the conversation elsewhere stating her love for Yellowcard only to get shot down by Damon.
Watch the escalating Weezer battle play out in the sketch below and weigh in on the debate in the Comments Section.
Both Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and Pat Wilson caught the sketch and commented on it via Twitter, clearly seeing the fun being had:
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