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SNL: Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson return as Shaq, Charles Barkley on Weekend Update

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Jay Pharoah proved himself a master impressionist, having tackled the likes of Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock on SNL. During the recent “Weekend Update,” the comedian brought back an oldie but a goodie: Shaquille O’Neal, opposite Kenan Thompson as Charles Barkley. 

The pair appeared before to discuss the world of basketball, and this weekend they tackled the retirment of Kobe Bryant. While Barkley had a number of points to make, Shaq spoke as if he had lived through “a gas leak in [his] home for 10 years.” 

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Watch the “Weekend Update” below and skip to the 2:00 mark for the start of Shaq and Barkley. 

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This weekend’s SNL was hosted by Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and featured musical guest Nick Jonas. See our full recap here