In a skit dropped from Saturday Night Live due to time constraints, cast members Cecily Strong and Keenan Thompson portray hosts of a St. Louis morning happy talk show, “Rise and Smile,” attempting to put on a happy face while protesters and police battle in the streets of Ferguson.
Introduced by a grim-faced new anchor reporting on the protests, lamenting “our community will never be the same,” the two hosts are seen looking despondent, with Thompson saying, “Can we just show a rerun or something?”
Told they are live, the two soldier on, telling viewers to “rise and smile,” before pleading with the producer to not run the overly-perky show jingle to no avail.
After asking Strong how she spent her weekend (“Spent it holding a fire place poker and protecting my property, so why don’t we skip the chit-chat and talk about some weekend events”) the two press on.
What follows is a series of malapropisms, misunderstandings, an air traffic reporter wanting nothing to do with the city, and a visit with a celebrity chef unfortunately named ‘Darryl’ Wilson who, when shunned, claims, “I’m the real victim here.”
The episode concludes with local St. Louis singing group, the “Singalingalings” performing an unfortunate musical selection.
Watch the video posted to YouTube by SNL Sunday morning: