Kenan Thompson is supportive of college struggles until his daughter engages in ‘SNL’ cold open


When Kenan Thompson got a cold open on this week’s episode of ‘Saturday Night Live.’


Saturday Night Live” took one Last week’s top stories In its most recent episode, the cast members played concerned parents of New York City college kids who struggled through the cold weather over the weekend.

In Saturday’s episode — it was Hosted by Dua Lipa (also guest starring) – Michael Longfellow plays a talk show host welcoming parents, starring Heidi Gardner, Mikey Day and Kenan Thompson.

Longfellow noted that this is an anxious time on university campuses across the country, and asked his guests for feedback.

Although Gardner and Day’s characters express concern about their children’s activities in protests against Israel’s war on Hamas, Thompson said she supports the efforts.

“I think it’s great, it’s fantastic,” he said. “Nothing makes me prouder than seeing young people use their voices to fight for what they believe in.”

But when Longfellow asked Thompson how he felt about his daughter, a Columbia student, being particularly involved, the latter replied, “Now what? Whose daughter is out when? No man, you survive!”

“Alexis Vanessa Roberts better keep her butt in class. I’ll find out she’s in one of those crappy tents instead of the dorm I paid for,” he added.

When Day remarked, “I thought you were in favor of student protests,” Thompson clapped back, “Brother, I support your kids protesting. Not my kids. My kids know better, shoot.

Thompson later said her daughter wouldn’t speak in a protest saying “it’s free, free,” adding, “Because I’ll tell you what’s not free—Columbia!”

He noted how the school has the “nerve” to charge “$68,000 a year” for tuition and how he’s “out over my hump” to pay it.

“I do it all. Uber all day, Uber eat all night, mow the lawn on the weekends, sell Gucci wallets out of my trunk,” he continued. “Life coaching on IG, I bounty hunt whenever possible.”

Tuesday at Columbia University, Dozens of protesters Entering the university’s Hamilton Hall, the institution barricaded themselves in before calling for assistance from the New York City Police Department.

According to the NYPD, 282 people were arrested at pro-Palestinian protests at Columbia and City College of New York.

According to an NYPD official, 32 of the 112 people arrested at Columbia (or 29%) were not connected to the university. At City College of New York, 170 people were arrested, 102 of whom (or 60%) were not affiliated with the college.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, Mark Morales and Celina Tebor contributed to this report.

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